January 23, 2012
The Frankin Branch will be closed from January 23 to January 27 while we roll out the new carpet! The new layout of book stacks will enable patrons in wheelchairs to move through the aisles.
October 24, 2011
Check out the new mobile website on your smart phone!
September 21, 2011
DigitalLibraryNJ is now offering ebooks for the Kindle.
April 7, 2011
The Library has added the database, Career Transitions. The funding comes from BTOP.
October 18, 2010
In addition to the Learning Express database, thanks to funding from the Federal BTOP grant awarded to the New Jersey State Library, the library has added the database Job Accelerator.
February 22, 2010
Library patrons will now be able to receive hold, pre-overdue and overdue notices via email. We hope this will provide an easier and more timely response to everyone.
August 28, 2009
Vici Larson, the Librarian at Louise Childs Branch Library since 1978, retired. The staff send their very best wishes to her in her retirement!
August 14, 2009
The Library moved to a new catalog providing many added features along with expanded search
options and additional information for each search result.
March 20, 2009
The Sussex County Library System has added the Encyclopedia Britannica Online database to its collection.
January 14, 2009
The Main Library has added a TTY phone for patrons that are deaf or hearing impaired.
November 1, 2008
The Sussex County Library is a Regional Resource Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. As a Regional Resource Center, the Sussex County Library can loan Assistive Listening Devices to patrons and organizations and can serve patrons who are not only deaf but hard of hearing. For more information call 973-948-3660. The Library will be installing a TTY line in January.
October 4, 2008
The Dorothy Henry Branch Library has expanded its Saturday hours from 9:00a.m. - 1:00p.m. to 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.
September 21, 2008
Sussex-Wantage holds the grand opening for its new amphitheatre. See photos of the construction, first children's program and grand opening.
August 15, 2008
Use Library Elf to get e-mail reminders of materials BEFORE they are due! Set up an account for yourself and everyone in your family.
August 1, 2008
The Sussex County Library System is pleased to announce that JAWS software has been installed on computers at the Dennis Branch Library in Newton and the Main Library in Frankford. This software provides audio access to the Internet via a speech synthesizer. Text-based information from the screen is read aloud and listened to via headphones, providing access a wide variety of information. County residents with significant visual impairments may contact the Library for additional information by calling 973-948-3660.
July 1, 2008
The libraries have developed a mental health book collection thanks to a generous donation from the Sussex County Mental health Advisory Board. For more information about mental health services in Sussex County, call the Mental Health Administrator at 973-948-6000.
June 20, 2008
Ebsco has added a new database called GreenFILE, providing information on recycling, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and much more.
May 16, 2008
We have a new library position, Youth Services Librarian, and it has been filled by Diane Sebastian. Diane will be bringing wonderful experience to the position and greatly expanding service to our teen population. Welcome, Diane!
February 22, 2008
The Libraries have added videogames to their collections. These popular items may be taken out for one week with a limit of one game per family. A list of titles is regularly updated and may be found by Clicking Here.
October 1, 2007
Patrons can now register for a library card online. Thanks to a new service called GALCO (Get a Library Card Online) provided by the New Jersey State Library, patrons complete an online registration for, staff at SCLS's Main Library access the information on a NJSL database, and send a card and library information to the new patron. All the new patron has to do is provide identification the first time they come in to any SCLS library to check out materials for the first time.
September 15, 2007
Thanks to the hard work of our summer librarian, Debby Sparnon, the entire KidsZone has been expanded and updated. The Just For Teens webpage has also been created. Take a look and enjoy!
August 1, 2007
Construction begins on the amphitheatre at the Sussex Wantage Branch Library. The project is funded by the Friends of the Library using a donation from the estate of Agnes Philblad. When finished, the amphitheatre will be used for concerts, theatre productions and children's programs. Click HERE to see photos as construction progresses.
July 2, 2007
Four new databases have been added to EbscoHost:
Biography Collection Complete
History Reference Center
Professional Development Collection
Science Reference Center
Find out more about these databases HERE.
February 15, 2007
In a cooperative project with the local Literacy Volunteers of America, 3 computers using the Rosetta Stone software have been installed for use by LVA students and members of the public who are interested in improving their English language reading, writing and speaking skills. The computers are in the Louise Childs Branch, Sussex-Wantage Branch and the Main Library.
The lobby of the Main Library has been refurbished with new shelving to display new books from both the adult and children's collections, and the Local History area has been expanded with additional seating.
January 15, 2007
Wireless access is now available in all 6 Sussex County libraries - Dennis Branch, Dorothy Henry Branch, Franklin Branch, Louise Childs Branch, Main Library, and Sussex-Wantage branch.
July 1, 2006
There are three new exciting services being offered by the Sussex County Library System.
Open Borrowing is a reciprocal borrowing program for library patrons to borrow in-person from among more than 150 public libraries in northern New Jersey. Any resident with a valid library card from any participating Open Borrowing library is eligible for in-person borrowing. A green Open Borrowing sticker affixed to a library card gives a library patron borrowing privileges at all participating libraries. For more information, click here.
Do you have an MP3 player or a computer at home with speakers? Do you have a long commute? Are you taking a road trip or spend a lot of time on exercise equipment. Listen to a great audiobook to pass the time. Click here for detailed instructions.
Wireless Internet Access
Wireless access to the internet is now available at the Louise Childs Branch Library in Hopatcong.
February 22, 2006
After many years on an outdated library automation system, the Sussex County Library System has moved to Horizon. Over the coming months, patrons will see a variety of enhanced services.
October 1, 2005
The Sussex County Library System has begun a Reciprocal Borrowing Program with the Warren County Library System and Sparta Public Library.
August 25, 2005
More new databases! Thanks to the New Jersey Knowledge Initiative, two more databases are available to Sussex County Patrons:
Academic Search Premier
This the world's largest scholarly, multi-disciplinary full text database containing full text for more than 4,500 publications, including more than 3,600 peer-reviewed publications. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for all 8,025 journals in the collection. This collection offers information in nearly every area of academic study including: computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, and many more.
Business Source Premier
Full text for nearly 8,350 scholarly business journals and other sources. Coverage includes virtually all subject areas related to business. This database provides full text (PDF) for more than 350 of the top scholarly journals dating as far back as 1922.
Two new pages have been added to the website to assist patrons seeking Employment or Education information.
June 7, 2005
Reference USA is available to all Sussex County Library System patrons thanks to the New Jersey State Library.
April 28, 2005
The Louise Childs Branch will be closed May 23-25 to install new carpet. Click here for more details.
April 18, 2005
Try out Columbia-Granger's World of Poetry. Can't remember a poem, have a student doing a project on poetry? The World of Poetry lets you:
•find poems by author, title, words in poem
•read a poet's biography , or
•commentaries on poems and poets by scholars
•use a glossary to find poetry terms
•find poems for speeches, reports, term papers,
•refresh the memory on well loved poems.
November 5, 2004
The Sussex County Library System has a new catalog! The new catalog features a graphical interface with enhanced features including:
new search options
book cover images, summaries and reviews of books
detailed patron information
the ability to create your own booklists and save them
the ability to format a booklist in MLA or Chicago Manual of Style for use in bibliographies for research papers
Click HERE to learn more about the catalog.
October 4, 2004
The Sussex County Library System has purchased access to yet another new database - Ancestry.com! Ancestry.com hosts the largest collection of family history records on the web. Learn details about your family's lives and build a family tree online.
September 1, 2004
The Franklin Branch will have EXTENDED hours beginning October 1, 2004. Their new hours will be:
Mon., Wed., Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tues., Thur. 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Sat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
August 25, 2004
The Sussex County Library System has purchased access to a new database - the Literature Resource Center. This database provides access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline. The Literature Resource Center covers more than 120,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers, with in-depth coverage of 2,500 of the most-studied authors.
June 30, 2004
The Sussex County Library staff were sorry to say good-bye to two long-time staff members who decided to retire. The retirees are Pat Tauriello, the secretary to the Library System's director, who has been with the Library for 26 years, and May Chik who after 25 years of service in the Technical Services Department, retired at the age of 81. Both will by greatly missed.
June 25, 2004
The Dorothy Henry Branch is getting a brand new patio! Take a look at their progress.
April 16, 2004
The Franklin Branch will be CLOSED Monday, May 17th to Wednesday, May 19th in order to install new carpeting.
March 24, 2004
The Main Library now provides access in its Law Room to the New Jersey Primary Law Library database, provided by Westlaw. This database includes New Jersey cases, annotate statutes, court rules and administrative law, along with U.S. Supreme Court, Third Circuit and New Jersey Federal District Court cases, the United States Code Annotated and much more.
March 20, 2004
!!The Sussex County Library has received a grant for $18,186 from the New Jersey State Library!! The grant will be used to purchase books, DVDs, and videos. The material is intended for those individuals in the low-economic sphere. The books are being housed at the Main Library, the Sussex-Wantage Branch, and the Dennis Memorial Branch. Any patron with a library card may borrow these materials.
February 10, 2004
The Sussex County Library System has purchased access to both the current New York Times and the historic New York Times. The current version covers from 1999 to present day (with a small lag for getting the files uploaded) and the historic version covers from the first issue published in 1851 to 1999. The current version is available both in SCLS libraries as well as from home while access to the historic papers is limited to any one of the SCLS libraries.
October 25, 2003
The Friends of the Sussex-Wantage Branch Library hosted a children's Halloween party. Enjoy the pictures.
October 21, 2003
Looking for company and business information? Come to the library and check out the new Hoover's online database!
September 12, 2003
The new Sussex-Wantage branch held its grand opening. Check out the pictures.
August 15, 2003
The library has obtained another new database called Prices4Antiques. It is one of the web's best sources for learning about and valuing antiques, collectibles and fine art.
August 11, 2003
The Sussex-Wantage branch on Bank St. is Sussex will be closing as of 1:00p.m. on Sat. Aug. 16 as staff prepare for the move to the new building just south of the Sussex airport. Take a look at the Press Release providing further information on the closing and a map of the new building.
June 19, 2003
A new database has been added to the website. It is called CountryWatch and for each country, provides up-to-date statistics, news, and maps as well as political, economic, investment, environmental and social overviews.
May 29, 2003
The E. Louise Childs Memorial Branch of the Sussex County Library will reduce its hours due to a lighting project set to begin on Tuesday June 3rd. The temporary hours for the library will be: Monday through Friday 9:00am to 3:00pm and Saturday 9:00am to 1:00pm.
The target date for completion of the lighting project is June 19th. The library will resume its normal schedule as soon as the project is completed. The library is located at 21 Sparta Road in Hopatcong. Please call 973-770-1000 with questions.
May 15, 2003
Finally! After a brief delay remote access is now available to the Heritage Quest database.
May 6, 2003
May 19-21, the Dorothy Henry Branch will be closed for new carpet installation. Book drops will remain open for return of library materials. For telephone inquiries, please call the Main Library. For other library services, please visit the other branches or the Main Library. For phone numbers and addresses, please click on The Main Library or the Branches link located at the top of this page.
May 1, 2003
Sussex County Library inaugurates new services and resources through its web site:
access to the catalog - look for books, request items from other County libraries, renew books, all from home or work
new databases - in addition to HeritageQuest and EbscoHost, use Chilton's Automotive Repair manuals, Facts on File, Novelist and more remotely
JerseyCat - use the online interlibrary loan system to request books that are not held within the County
find links to Sussex County, Government and Ready Reference resources
check out the Calendar of events
find homework aids for children in the KidsZone
April 26, 2003
Well-known author, Mary Higgins Clarke (right) greets Franklin Branch Librarian, Carol Crowley (center) and Main Library Children's staff member, Vicky Stanaback (left) at a local book signing.