Friends of the SOPL



Saturday June 23rd

10 am - 4 pm

Sunday June 24th

10 am - 3 pm


Baird Community Center

5 Mead St. South Orange, NJ

(next to tennis courts)


Want to DONATE books?

Donation times@ Baird Center:

Wednesday June 20th 11 am - 4 pm

*evening hours!*

Thursday June 21st 3 pm - 8 pm


We can accept:

Hardcover and paperbacks (all genres), childrens books, cookbooks and gardening.

We take CDs and DVDs (NO VHS or vinyl).

Yes to board games & puzzles [with all pieces and in good condition].


We cannot accept the following:

Encyclopedias, textbooks, computer manuals [or any other type of manuals].

No VHS tapes, cassette tapes or vinyl LP's.

No mildewed, dirty, wet or falling apart books please!



email: or call 973-762-0230


New Initiaitve with Little Free Libraries in the Village

Check out the four Little Free Libraries around the village that are maintained by The Friends of the SOPL!

The Village Green link to an article on the Little Free libraries we keep well stocked. 


Little Free Library outside of Starbucks, at the South Orange train station.

Little Free Library near the tennis courts at The Baird Center.


Want to find more free books? Check out the Friends of SOPL sponsored book display at the South Orange municipal pool! The book carousel isocated by the water fountain. Take a book, leave a book!



Friends of the South Orange Public Library monthly meeting is the second Tuesday of each month. (subject to change) 


The Community Meeting Room, Lower level of the South Orange Library,65 Scotland Rd, South Orange.

Time: 7:30pm-9pm

All are welcome! Ample Parking off Comstock Place in the parking lot behind the library!


That BIG GREEN BOX turns books into fund$ for the library!

Wondering about that green "Drop Books Here" box outside the library in the parking lot? The Friends of the SOPL have partnered with Better World Books to earn a percentage of their profits for our library and help spread literacy throughout the world. Read more about it here.

It's NOT a place to return library books but you can DONATE books you no longer want! It's great way to get rid of those "hard-to-give-away" books such as encyclopedias, user's manuals, and textbooks. Our volunteers keep on top of reporting when this box is full, and your donations get picked up in a timely manner. (During our book donation days for our annual Book Sale, we temporarily pause donations at the green box)


The Book Cage is OPEN! Please call ahead to confirm that a volunteer is manning the store.

The Book Cage---the hidden gem of a used bookstore on the mezzanine level of the South Orange Library

All sales are an on-going fundraiser for the Friends of the SOPL and are tax deductible. Just ask for a tax receipt!

The Book Cage : Your Community Bookstore

PLESE CALL THE SOPL : 973-762-0230 to see if Book Cage is open, before coming


Tuesday 1-3 pm
Saturday 2-4 pm

Third floor of SOPL, by the elevator(follow the RED ARROWS!) 

This modest bookstore is the result of the hard work of many volunteers. We thank the SOPL for loaning us their space which, allows The Friends to help the library thrive as a community hub for information, assistance and fun.

* Click on our New and Links page for details on the $500,000 grant from the NJ Historical Trust! *

Contact Us Today!

Friends of SOPL
65 Scotland Rd
South Orange, NJ

Phone: 973-762-0230 (library)


Did you know??

New library books purchased with donated Friends of the SOPL funds circulate over 700 times!

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Friends of the South Orange Public Library: A 501(c)3 charitable organization.