HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ – The Hunterdon County Library, as part of its continuing commitment to provide the best possible service to patrons and despite the challenges that the current health crisis presents, will be joining M.A.I.N. (Morris Automated Information Network), in January of 2021, in order to broaden patron choices, according to Freeholder Zach Rich.
Freeholder Rich, the Board’s liaison to the County Library Commission said, “Joining the M.A.I.N. consortium will bring with it a host of improvements for library services which will be available to patrons. An additional 2.5 million items from other libraries in Warren, Somerset and Morris counties, gives library card holders a plethora of choices that were unavailable until this merger.”
Hunterdon County Library users will be able to walk into any M.A.I.N. library and take out materials or have them delivered to a Hunterdon County Library branch or affiliate.
“We are very excited to be able to provide additional access to print materials for our residents through shared services,” Library Director James Keehbler said. “The world of knowledge available through Hunterdon
County Library will be even bigger and more comprehensive.”
Other benefits of joining the M.A.I.N. consortium include more efficient library processes, increased access to digital resources, group purchasing discounts and increased staff development opportunities.
Phillip S. Berg, Executive Director of M.A.I.N. said, “M.A.I.N. is thrilled to welcome the Hunterdon County Library into its growing ranks. Libraries have acted as shared services pioneers in New Jersey for many decades now, and this is a wonderful example of that tradition continuing. By working closely together, all users at M.A.I.N. member libraries benefit greatly.”
“The Freeholder Board and I are grateful to James Keehbler and the entire library staff for their consistent dedication to keeping library materials and programs available to patrons throughout this pandemic, and also for upgrading so many services to a digital format which gives increased access to patrons with WIFI at their home,” Rich said.
The library staff are currently working with M.A.I.N. on the transition and the switch over is currently scheduled for January 9-11. After which, the shared catalog will be available for library patrons to request materials
from this new shared collection.