The Springfield Free Public Library continues to be closed in the aftermath of the flooding caused by Tropical Storm Ida.
All Springfield residents with a valid library card may continue to use their cards at any of the other 19 public libraries located in Union County, as well as at any of the additional 27 member libraries in the Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium (LMxAC).
Springfield residents without a current library card may register for a temporary card online. Once you have at least a temporary library card, you can also download e-books, e-audiobooks, movies, music and more through eLibraryNJ and hoopla. In addition, you will also have access Brainfuse (live online tutoring, a writing lab, SAT help and much more), LinkedInLearning, and a variety of other online databases that can be accessed directly from the library’s website.
The library also continues to offer virtual programs for kids, teens and grownups. Check our calendar for the latest offerings.
Please be assured that we are doing everything possible to move forward on the remediation of the library building and that we are doing so in a way that will safeguard the health and wellbeing of both our library patrons and staff members. Except for a small area inside the Palmer Museum, the entire floor space of the library was covered with floodwater that reached a height of as much as three inches in different areas around the building. While the books were mostly spared direct contact with floodwaters–and while we were able to move a great deal of furniture out of the most badly affected areas–some of the larger pieces of furniture that we were not able to move did suffer some damage.
On the positive side, most of the library’s furniture was not damaged and we are looking forward to starting the restoration process. Because the library building is owned by the Township, we are awaiting further guidance from Town Hall with regard to our next steps. Please rest assured that the library will most definitely reopen and that when we do, we will be back better than ever.