MAIN is now Main Library Alliance, Marking a New Chapter in the Local Library Partnership’s Evolution

Main Library Alliance

July 12, 2022, Cedar Knolls, NJ: Main Library Alliance is the new name for MAIN (Morris Automated Information Network). The Main Library Alliance is a nonprofit network of local libraries that collaborates and shares services among 49 branches in the area. Since its founding in 1979 as a service for Morris County libraries, Main Library Alliance has expanded into Hunterdon, Somerset, and Warren counties allowing over 650,000 residents of all ages to access over 3.1 million items.

The new Main Library Alliance name aligns with its objective, to offer its members cost-sharing, collaborative opportunities, and technical service and support. There will be no changes to existing services, including the eBook-eAudio-eMagazine app Libby, children’s eBook resource Tumblebooks, and product review data from Consumer Reports. The Main Library Alliance mobile app links users to all of these services and more. Future goals include adding new services, improving access for patrons, and growing partnerships.

Chad Leinaweaver, President, Main Library Alliance Board of Directors, and Library Director at the Morristown & Morris Township Library shared, “I recently heard a longtime library staff member say, ‘We are always more together than we are individually,’ and we are in the Main Library Alliance. This sentiment is why the board of directors is beyond excited to share our new name. It illustrates our network’s inclusion of all members and our common goal to benefit all patrons. The Main Library Alliance will continue to strengthen and become ‘more.'”

“I echo Chad and thank him and the entire board and Main member library directors and staff that assisted us through this process. We are thrilled to unveil our refreshed name, Main Library Alliance. It reflects our continuing evolution and steadfast commitment to serving our network of libraries. Our tagline, Discovery Starts Here, underscores all you can do with a library card. We encourage you to visit your local Main member library to see what you can discover. The opportunities are endless,” said Phillip Berg, Main Library Alliance Executive Director

All Main Library Alliance member library patrons have access to more than just books. Items like eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, video games, museum passes, and a plethora of programming, including arts and crafts, fitness, wellness, movies, lectures, live music, and more, are available. Main Library Alliance member libraries currently offer the summer reading program “Oceans of Possibilities.” Main Library Alliance member libraries serve patrons across four counties and 49 buildings. Visit your local library to learn more and join.