Beginning Monday, May 23, 2022, the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey’s Mary Jacobs branch will be temporarily closed for renovations. Plans are to reopen the updated branch in Fall 2022.

“The Mary Jacobs branch has served the towns of Rocky Hill, Montgomery, and beyond as both a library and community anchor since its groundbreaking in 1974,” said County Library Administrator Brian Auger. “Over the years, it was expanded three times to better serve a growing number of new residents. And now, in yet another transition, the Mary Jacobs branch, following a brief closure as the Montgomery branch opens, will be transformed into a new kind of library service tailored to the needs of the local Rocky Hill community. We are grateful for the pioneering work of the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library Foundation, whose passion for library service built the demand that would bring forth libraries in both Montgomery and, once again, in Rocky Hill.”

“I and the Mary Jacobs team are excited about the future of the Mary Jacobs branch and are looking forward to providing the stellar service the community has grown to love in the newly remodeled space,” said Branch Manager Elizabete Pata. “Until we reopen, don’t hesitate to explore and visit our other SCLSNJ locations to browse and borrow physical materials!”

The Mary Jacobs Memorial Library Foundation will be sharing renovation plans in the coming days and weeks. To learn more about these exciting changes, visit

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

What materials will be available for checkout while the Mary Jacobs branch is temporarily closed?
All of the System’s digital resources will remain available 24/7 even when the Library is temporarily closed. You can also visit our other SCLSNJ locations to browse and borrow physical materials. 

Where can I return items after mid May?
Items can be returned at the Mary Jacobs branch book drop while it is closed for renovations. Once the Montgomery branch opens in mid June, materials can also be returned there.

Where can I pick up holds between mid May and mid June?
When the Mary Jacobs branch temporarily closes for renovations on Monday, May 23, 2022, hold pickups will be made available at the closest branch to the Mary Jacobs branch, which is the Hillsborough branch. The Hillsborough branch is located at 379 South Branch Road in Hillsborough. After the Montgomery branch opens in mid-June, holds can be picked up there while the Mary Jacobs branch remains closed for renovations. Holds pickup will resume at the Mary Jacobs branch once it reopens.

What services will be available at the Mary Jacobs branch after renovations?
Services available will include, but are not limited to: holds pickup, WiFi, computer access, printing, a browsing collection, and children’s and family programming.

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