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Frequently Asked Questions

Department: Library

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    • Does the Sussex County Library System have a website?
      The Sussex County Library System website was updated in 2013 and provides access from home to the SCLS online catalog, schedule of upcoming library programs and events, various online databases, and much more. The website address is
    • Who is eligible for a Sussex County Library System card?
      Residents of Sussex County (except Sparta), Sussex County property owners including summer resident property owners (except Sparta), and students attending Sussex County schools (except Sparta) are eligible for a free 3-year card valid in all libraries in the Sussex County Library System. Non-resident individuals who work in Sussex County (except Sparta), hotel/motel residents of Sussex County (except Sparta), summer residents who rent property in Sussex County (except Sparta) and campground residents of Sussex County (except Sparta) are eligible for a free 1-year card valid in all libraries in the Sussex County Library System. A paid card ($50 annual fee) valid in all libraries in the Sussex County Library System is available to Sparta residents and residents of other counties or states.
    • Can Sussex County Library card be used in any other libraries?
      Yes. The library participates in a program called Open Borrowing. With your valid library card and green Open Borrowing sticker (obtained at any Sussex County Library), you can borrow materials at over 150 public libraries, including Sparta, in Northern New Jersey. You will need to know your PIN.
    • What resources and services does the Sussex County Library System offer?
      The Sussex County Library System has resources in many formats available for both children and adults, including books, DVDs, CD audiobooks, and video games. Online resources can be utilized around the clock and include downloadable ebooks, audiobooks and mp3 music, digital magazines available for your PC, tablet or smartphone, tools to learn a new language, software tutorials and research databases. Museum passes are available for checkout. Research assistance and technology help are available through the Reference Department. Special programs for adults and children are offered at all branches throughout the year, including a Summer Reading Club. Special collections include local history and genealogy, health information, and federal and state documents. For further information, contact the Main Library or any branch.
    • Does the Sussex County Library System offer public Internet access?
      Yes. The library system has high-speed Internet access at all libraries. Any person may sign up for a computer and have full access to the Internet. There are designated computers for teens and children.
    • Does the Sussex County Library offer wireless access?
      Yes. At all libraries.
    • What are the Sussex County Library System phone numbers?
      • Main Library (Frankford): 973-948-3660
      • Dennis Memorial¬†Library (Newton): 973-383-4810
      • Dorothy E. Henry Memorial Branch Library (Vernon): 973-827-8095
      • Franklin Branch Library (Franklin): 973-827-6555
      • E. Louise Childs Memorial Branch Library (Hopatcong): 973-770-1000
      • Sussex-Wantage Branch Library (Sussex): 973-875-3940
    • Can the library obtain materials from other libraries?
      Yes. The library has an extensive inter-library loan program. You can go directly to the library’s website and request a book and other materials. You will need your library card and PIN. If you do not have access to a computer, you can contact the library staff and they will request the item for you. There is a shipping charge if the item comes from out of state.
    • Can materials be renewed?
      All materials can be renewed, either online or in-person. The only exceptions are new DVDs and materials that have been requested by other patrons.
    • Does the library have book clubs?
      Yes. The Main Library, the Dorothy Henry Branch, and the Louise Childs branches have book clubs. All are welcomed to join!