You may have heard that the Warren County Library is opening a new branch of their system this summer on Route 519 in Greenwich Township. What does that mean for library service to residents of Phillipsburg?
Is the Phillipsburg Library remaining open?
Yes! We are happy to report that the Phillipsburg Free Public Library will remain open for business as usual in its present location, continuing to serve residents of Phillipsburg as we have since 1923. You will continue to have the same access to books, movies, music, magazines, e-resources and all the rest that the Library offers. As always, there will be no fee to join the Library for residents of the Town of Phillipsburg.
Will there be cuts in Library services?
Phillipsburg Library is losing the funding it has received from the County since 1990, and that presents some challenges. However, the Town Council voted to increase funding to the Library this year to avoid severe cuts in services. In fact, we have some exciting projects in the works for the future – we will soon be introducing a new streaming movie service, and, thanks to some generous gifts, we are planning to upgrade our furnishings and purchase a state-of-the-art microfilm reader for local history research. Our programs for adults and children will continue to expand.
Can residents of Warren County townships continue to use Phillipsburg Library?
Of course! We welcome all members of the public to attend programs and use our computers and reference material. However, to borrow materials, those outside of Phillipsburg will need to purchase a library card, at a cost of $15 for three months, $30 for six months, or a discounted rate of $50 for one year.
Can Phillipsburg residents use the new Warren County branch?
Yes. All public libraries open their doors to people regardless of their residence. However, residents of Phillipsburg who wish to borrow material from the new County branch will be required to purchase a card, for $38.75 for three months, $77.50 for six months or $155 for one year.
Next year, the Phillipsburg Library will mark its 50th anniversary in its present location. Join us in celebrating this important milestone in our history as a community center. We look forward to serving you for many years to come. If you have questions, comments or suggestions about your Library, please feel free to contact our Library Director, Deb Messling.