Somerset County Library System of New Jersey

Together we enrich lives, expand knowledge, and strengthen communities. SCLSNJ branches can be found in Bridgewater, Bound Brook, Hillsborough, Manville, North Plainfield, Peapack & Gladstone, Rocky Hill at the Mary Jacobs branch, Somerville, Warren Township, and Watchung. Additionally, there are two SCLSNJ reading stations in Branchburg and Washington Valley.

Message from our County Library Administrator

Masks are coming off all around and we are seeing more and more smiling faces. It’s our hope that as spring arrives, we’ll be circling back to normal for good. In the meantime, visitors are welcome to wear masks and encouraged to maintain social distancing; you would be in good company since many staff have elected to continue mask wearing. We have left in place plexiglas shields and other barriers at service points. 

Our numbers are going up as people venture out more and borrow more, knowing there are no overdue penalties.  Our downloadable ebooks and audiobooks hit records during the peak of the pandemic and have only subsided a little. Meanwhile, our branches continue to offer quiet places to read, study and find that next great book. If something doesn’t jump out at you while you browse the new books sections, or our collection of nearly a million items, be sure to ask one of our librarians for a recommendation or use an online tool like Novelist.

We continue to offer a wide variety of library programs for every age, both in our branches and online. Check out our Spotlight for information on library programs that will inform, entertain and educate. Get your toddler on the reading train early with our SOARING program, which matches programs and books to your child’s reading readiness.

If you’ve never used Libby – our award-winning app for ebooks and e-audiobooks – you are missing out big time. Perhaps you enjoy using the popular Audible app from Amazon. Well, think how much more enjoyable it would be if it were free, and that’s Libby for you.

We are gearing up for the grand opening of a new Montgomery branch sometime in June. The branch will feature many “firsts” for us that we hope to bring to other locations such as 24/7 book lockers for grabbing your holds on your schedule and an automated materials handling system to check in and sort returned materials.

Stop in to see us soon!

Brian K. Auger Signature

Brian K. Auger

Our Executive Leadership Team

Brian K. Auger

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

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

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. DeMatos

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

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.

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