Borrowing Services

Main Library Alliance Member – Since 2016, the Hackettstown Free Public Library has been a proud member of the Main Library Alliance, a nonprofit network of over 50 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, fostering the exchange of ideas and experiences within our network. As a member of Main, our patrons have access to over 3.1 million physical and digital items, including but not limited to eBooks, audiobooks, movies, music, games, and of course, books. Our library also participates in the NJ Open Borrowing program through Main, enabling patrons to borrow materials in-person from participating libraries outside the Main service area. Main maintains our libraries’ computer systems and hosts a system-wide mobile app for patrons. Main’s commitment to cutting-edge technology inspires our patrons to “Listen, Read and Learn,” enriching their lives. The partnership and cooperation of Main’s member libraries and supporters make this all possible.

Hackettstown residents can request items from any one of the Main Library Alliance member libraries to be sent to Hackettstown for pickup, or they can go to any Main library to check out items. The closest three Main libraries to Hackettstown are in Mount Olive, Washington Township, and Chester.

Open Borrowing – The Library participates in Open Borrowing with over 75 New Jersey libraries in such counties as Passaic, Sussex, Middlesex, and Warren. Hackettstown Free Public Library cardholders can borrow items in-person from these libraries as long as they are a patron in good standing. See the website for more details:

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) – The Library participates in Interlibrary Loan services via JerseyCat. The JerseyCat catalog includes the collections of many of New Jersey’s public libraries, colleges, and schools. Please search the Hackettstown Public Library Catalog before requesting items through JerseyCat. JerseyCat should only be used if the items that you are looking for are not found in the Main Catalog. Click here for more details.