About Us

MISSION

To enhance the value of every member library with high quality shared services and technology. Main member libraries, committees and staff collaborate to amplify their collective and individual resources. Their efforts form the basis for development opportunities and partnerships within the community.

VISION

Main aspires to encourage, lead and support member libraries and the communities they serve to readily access a diverse and innovative selection of enriching, entertaining and informative resources.

VALUES

Main’s libraries support lifelong learning, deliver literacy in its many forms, and strengthen communities. Main empowers member libraries by offering cost-effective, high-quality services.
Main libraries welcome everyone – all ages, genders, orientations, abilities and backgrounds – in spaces that are comfortable and safe. Member libraries represent the diverse communities they serve with materials, resources, and activities that actively encourage learning and understanding.

EMPOWERMENT

Main and its member libraries are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Together we empower communities with information they need to improve their lives. We promote libraries as places of discovery and individual transformation. Main’s commitment to DEI means our differences drive our need to be inclusive, respectful of each other, and recognize our professional and ethical responsibilities to honor every individual’s right to be different.

WHO WE SERVE

Main and its member libraries serve over 700,000 patrons of every age and from every walk of life in over 100 municipalities in Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Union, and Warren Counties. We present hours of free classes and workshops each year that meet the ambitions of people of all ages, whether they want to attend preschool programs, learn English or another language, build their career, get homework help, or learn how to use technology.

WHERE WE ARE

Main’s footprint includes over 50 library buildings in Northwest New Jersey. Locate the nearest one to you, or browse the full list

GOVERNANCE

Our Board keeps us current and accountable to our member community.

HISTORY

The Main Library Alliance was originally founded as the Morris Automated Information Network in early 1979 to facilitate the conversion of physical card catalog systems and maintain what would eventually become known as a digitized integrated library system (ILS) in the County of Morris. 

The first member library located outside of Morris County joined in 1998. In the mid 2010’s member libraries voted to shift away from a mostly volunteer model of organizational administration and support in favor of a non profit institution, a model akin to what many automation consortia have done nationwide. The transition from a volunteer staff to a professional staff has improved and expanded services, but also increased costs.