MAIN Welcomes Hunterdon County Library to its Consortium
The addition offers a range of benefits to member libraries and the patrons they serve
December 16, 2020
Cedar Knolls, NJ – Morris Automated Information Network (MAIN), a northern New Jersey shared services consortium of public libraries, announced plans to welcome Hunterdon County Library to its network of 37 libraries, effective on January 12, 2021.
The addition underscores MAIN’s continued commitment to providing high-quality, cost-effective shared services to its member libraries and 600K patrons across Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset and Warren Counties. By offering access to MAIN’s diverse and innovative selection of enriching, entertaining and informative resources, Hunterdon County Library will be more firmly positioned to meet the community’s evolving needs and realize its vision: to inform, inspire and innovate.
“MAIN is thrilled to welcome Hunterdon County Library into its growing ranks. By working closely together, all users at MAIN member libraries benefit greatly,” said Phillip Berg, Executive Director, Morris Automated Information Network (MAIN). “Libraries have acted as shared services pioneers in N.J. for many decades now; this move exemplifies the continuation of that tradition.”
“We are excited to join the MAIN community of libraries, as it affords us a greater opportunity to better meet the needs of our community as reflected in our strategic plan,” said James Keehbler, Hunterdon County Library Director. “Through shared services, the world of knowledge and opportunity for Hunterdon County Library patrons will be significantly more comprehensive, and we look forward to delighting residents with even more easy-to-access resources.”
Created in 1980 to help oversee the initial automation of local library systems, MAIN has evolved into a full-fledged public library consortium that offers cost-sharing opportunities, library automation services, technical support and a consistent organizational structure. MAIN is also a member of the N.J. Open Borrowing program, which allows member library patrons to borrow materials from libraries outside of the MAIN consortium.
The Morris Automated Information Network (MAIN) is a consortium of 37 public libraries located in Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset and Warren Counties. MAIN’s mission is to lead and encourage collaboration, resource sharing, staff development and innovation by providing high-quality, cost-effective shared services to member libraries for their communities. MAIN aspires to help member libraries and the communities they serve readily access a rich spectrum of resources.