On November 7th, 2017 vote YES on

bond question #1!


The Library Construction Bond Act

Why Is It Needed?

Library buildings need to meet the evolving demands of our communities. Last year, over 44 million visits were made to New Jersey’s public libraries.

The New Jersey Library Association conducted a Capital Improvement Survey in late 2014 to assess facility conditions and construction needs of New Jersey’s public libraries. We found many deficiencies:

  • 50% of buildings were not ADA compliant, needing ramps, elevators or restroom upgrades
  • 60% are in need of additional square footage
  • 49% need electrical upgrades
  • 78% are in need of interior painting or re-carpeting
  • 74% are in need of new furnishings
  • 64% need additional service points such a self-service kiosks
  • Technology was frequently cited as insufficient for user needs

The survey demonstrated the strong need among New Jersey public libraries for capital funding to meet the growing demand for physical improvements and technological updates.

It has been over fifteen years since the passage of the last Public Library Construction Bond Act. That bill was extremely successful with 68 communities constructing or renovating library facilities. Library services were transformed for many communities with the addition of new computer facilities, upgraded teen centers and large community meeting rooms.

Passage of this bill will be an investment in the future of many New Jersey communities. With matching fund requirements this program would provide a tremendous positive economic impact for our state, creating jobs for many local companies throughout New Jersey.

Libraries build communities! This funding will help transform many of our libraries into vibrant community education centers for all ages.

Want more information? Click on this link to take you to to the NJLA website where you will find comprehensive answers to all your questions:

FAQ-Library Construction Bond Act Question#1




Sunday December 3rd, 2017


Artisan Holiday Craft Sale

Location: South Orange Public Library

65 Scotland Road, South Orange, NJ


An annual fundraiser for the

Friends of the SOPL, held in our library.

Local artisans and crafts folks will have a venue to supply their handcrafted and locally made wares, to you, their neighbors. You can truly SHOP LOCAL and build community at the same time!

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.

Contact Us Today!

Friends of SOPL
65 Scotland Rd
South Orange, NJ

Phone: 973-762-0230 (library)

E-mail: Friends@sopl.org

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.