How to access library services & resources during closures or outages

While the library is closed and/or our website is down, you can still access the online catalog for all LMxAC libraries, including South Plainfield, or access your online account, at

To view the Library Calendar of Events when our website is down, go to

News, events, and cancellations will also be posted on our Facebook page. Events for teens are also posted on our Instagram page. To keep informed about children’s programs, sign up for our Children’s Email List.

While the library is closed and/or our website is down, you can still access our elibrary! For eLibrary downloads & streaming, go to:

  • eLibrary NJ / Overdrive for audiobooks & ebooks (be sure to choose Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium when you login)
  • Freading for ebooks
  • RB Digital for audiobook & ebook classics, eMagazines, Qello concerts, Acorn TV, Indieflix, and Pongalo Telenovela
  • Hoopla for ebooks, audiobooks, music, movies, comics, and TV
  • Freegal for music & other audio

You can also your South Plainfield library card at other LMxAC member libraries, as well as member libraries in the MURAL (Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries) reciprocal borrowing system. You can find a list of MURAL libraries at

AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT! Items listed as available in an online catalog sometimes cannot be found on the shelf when you visit the library. Please call before you visit any of the LMxAC or MURAL libraries to make sure the items you wish to borrow are actually available. If they are, ask the library staff to put them aside for you, and ask whether there are any borrowing restrictions. Also, be sure you have your South Plainfield card with you when you visit any of these libraries!

You can use JERSEYCAT to locate specific titles in the MURAL system that are not in the LMxAC catalog, but PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT INTERLIBRARY LOAN REQUESTS ONLINE while we are closed! You will need to call the MURAL library to have the item held for you.

If the library is closed but our website is up, our Web Directories can help you find answers to your reference & homework questions.

If our website is down, you can use the following links for access to all our online databases (you’ll need your library card barcode to log in):

Additional online resources you may want to access:

If you need social services assistance, contact:

South Plainfield Social Services – Welfare Department – The Social Services/Welfare Department operates Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. and is on call through the South Plainfield Police Department 24 hours a day. The function of this Department is to assist the needy with financial help and guidance in their search for employment. In the case of the disabled, assistance is given to access such programs such as food stamps, energy assistance and PAAD. A food pantry operates daily and is accessible to all South Plainfield residents who find themselves in need. Donations are always welcome. PLEASE NOTE: Both the Social Services office and Food Pantry are located INSIDE the South Plainfield Senior Center at 90 Maple Avenue. (Borough of South Plainfield)

South Plainfield Senior Center – The Borough offers a Dial-A-Ride transportation program to our seniors, providing free curb-to-curb transportation for essential services. Other programs include weekly grocery shopping trips, Meals on Wheels, congregate meals, and a variety of information and other assistance. Visit the website for details, or call 908-754-1047. (Borough of South Plainfield)

South Plainfield Outreach and Referral Resources – Phone numbers for local, county & state resources covering a variety of needs such as emergency shelters, crisis hotlines, counseling, employment & unemployment, alcoholism & drug abuse, domestic violence, and more. (Borough of South Plainfield)

Call 2-1-1 when you need to find state or local resources to address urgent needs or everyday concerns, including health & mental health services, food banks, shelter, rental or utility assistance, adult day care, Meals on Wheels, transportation, childcare, crisis intervention services, job training, education, and more. 2-1-1 is free, confidential, multi-lingual, confidential, TTY accessible, and available 24/7 2-1-1 resource specialists will guide callers to the most helpful available resources. Visit the website for more information. NOTE: 2-1-1 calls are generally toll-free; however, if you are calling 2-1-1 from your cell phone, please check with your cell phone service provider first to find out whether you will be charged for the call. You can also reach 2-1-1 by dialing 877-652-1148. (United Way, in partnership with the State of New Jersey)

If our website is up, additional social & community services information is available at

Revised 11/2/2019