Together we enrich lives, expand knowledge, and strengthen communities. SCLSNJ branches can be found in Bridgewater, Bound Brook, Hillsborough, Manville, Montgomery, North Plainfield, Peapack and Gladstone, Rocky Hill (under renovation), Somerville, Warren Township, and Watchung. Additionally, there are two SCLSNJ reading stations in Branchburg and Washington Valley.
Message from our Library Director
Your Somerset County Library System of New Jersey has resources and services to make the world work better for you no matter “where you are in life”. It doesn’t matter if you are a new parent, an entrepreneur starting a business, a professional looking to improve your skills, a hobbyist, gardener, or gourmand; it doesn’t matter if you are in one of our ten full-service branches, away at school, in your office, at the Shore, or even homebound. We have what you are looking for and, better yet, we have what you didn’t know we have! And lots of that can be delivered right to you. Here are some examples:
- Want to visit the Guggenheim? We have free tickets.
- Want to hone your Excel skills? We have high-quality online courses.
- Want to read an ebook or listen to an audiobook? We have New Jersey’s biggest collection.
- Still prefer listening to albums? We have the best CD collections anywhere. We even created custom themed sets of CDs, like “Jersey Boys”, “Motown Sound” and “Murderous Musicals”.
- Looking for a movie not on your streaming service? We have a better selection of movies than Blockbuster™ ever had.
- Want a quiet place to study or concentrate? Check (select one of eight quiet study rooms at Montgomery or a quiet corner in any branch).
- Want to read newspapers and magazines from across the country and around the world? You’ll never run out with Flipster and PressReader.
- Want your child to become a reader? We don’t just read stories to kids, we are specialists in age-appropriate reading readiness.
- Want to read but can’t get out of the house? We have a service for qualified homebound residents.
- Want to learn a language? Which one? We have more than 70 on tap.
- Need a WiFi hotspot for a trip? Score!
- Is your PC unavailable? Use ours.
You are likely already a library user if you are reading this. And yet you may still be surprised by all Library has in store for you. Stop in or call — we’d love to show you all we have to offer. And, yes, we do still have books. Thousands of them. And if we don’t have the one you’re looking for, we’ll do the legwork to get it for you.
And don’t ever worry about overdue fines! You can’t “overdue” it at SCLSNJ!
I always welcome your comments and suggestions for how we can improve our services. Please feel free to write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (908) 458-8401.
Our Executive Leadership Team
BRIAN AUGER, MA, MLS; has been Library Director for the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey since 2010. Prior to coming to SCLSNJ, he was in library system administration in three Maryland county libraries. He knows that there are two kinds of library users, those coming for the first time and those who come back because the library has the best staff and the best stuff. He is dedicated to ensuring both in Somerset County. Auger has degrees in theology from Loyola University of Maryland and the Catholic University of America as well as a Master’s in Library Science from the University of Maryland. He is addicted to podcasts, nonfiction and space operas, and grows far too many orchids for one person. Favorite book of all time: “A Canticle for Leibowitz,” a sci-fi novel that has remained in print since 1959.
LYNN HOFFMAN, MLS, is the Deputy Director for the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey. With more than two decades of public library experience in a variety of roles, Hoffman understands the interdependence between the library service experienced by our customers, and the systems and infrastructure that staff members need in order to provide that service. That understanding, combined with her expertise in organizational development, project management, and strategic planning, makes Hoffman well-suited to keeping SCLSNJ running smoothly. Hoffman has a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa, and has worked in several large, nationally-recognized public library systems. She reads a wide variety of books, with interests ranging from neuroscience to knitting to leadership development to fiction featuring libraries – real or imagined.
BRIAN MORGAN, MS, QPA; is the Director of Finance for the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey. He has a Bachelor’s degree with majors in economics and statistics as well as a Master of Science in social psychology, both from Rutgers University. A Qualified Purchasing Agent (QPA) since 2014, his focus is on organizational efficiency and maximizing value to the communities served by the Library. Morgan has a love for reading and for libraries, and his favorite book is “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger.
CAROLANN C. DE MATOS, MS, is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations – an NJLA award-winning department – for the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey. Throughout the past 15 years, De Matos has worked within a wide range of industries including: agency, pharmaceutical, state and county government, Fortune 500 corporations, as well as technology-based, lean start-ups. De Matos has a Master of Science from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts from Rider University. De Matos is currently striving to achieve her Doctoral Degree from Columbia University. She loves to immerse herself in historical fiction, fantasy, arts and culture, female memoirs, and can never pass up a love story written by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
DEANNA RIVERA, MS, SHRM-CP, PHR; is the Director of Human Resources for the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of human resources in both the public and private sector. Rivera appreciates the opportunity to support the strategic priorities of SCLSNJ through its human resources program. Rivera earned a Master’s in Administration from West Chester University (PA) and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Kean University. The library is an ideal place for Rivera by providing an endless supply of e-books and traditional materials – of which true crime and suspense are her favorites.