Covid-19 Updates

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The Summit Free Public Library is closed to the public until further notice and offering curbside pick-up for borrowing library materials and one hour computer sessions by appointment. 

Curbside service hours are as follows:

  • Monday – Thursday: 10 am – 7 pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Sundays: Closed

Curbside pick-up guidelines:

  • To reserve items for curbside pick-up please place a hold on your item(s) through the library catalog or call the Information Desk at 908-273-0350 option 3 for assistance.
  • Once your items have been pulled from the shelves, you will receive a notification via email or text asking you to schedule your pick-up. Please click on the link within your notification to schedule your curbside pick-up, or click here. You will be asked to enter your library barcode number and PIN. If you do not know your PIN, please give us a call for assistance
  • If the library is unable to email or text you, you will receive a phone call when your hold is ready.
  • Once you are ready to pick up your items, please select Check-in for Pickup to let us know you are on the way. Your items will be waiting for you on a table in the lobby.
  • Materials will be held for up to 4 days.
  • If you need to cancel your scheduled pickup, please select Manage Existing Pickup
  • Please park in the parking spots marked “Curbside pick-up”. Curbside spots are not free parking.
  • Please enter the lobby one person or family at a time while wearing masks to retrieve your items.

Returning materials:

  • All materials must be returned in our book drops.
  • All returned materials will be placed under a 72-hour quarantine, following American Library Association guidelines.
  • Returned items will remain on the cardholder’s account during the quarantine period. Items will be backdated upon check-in to reflect the date that they were actually returned.

Tip:  Please check your DVD and books on CD cases and to make sure all discs are present and accounted for. Please check DVD players and listening devices if something is missing.

Computer appointments:

  • You may schedule one hour-long appointment per day to use a computer.
  • Please schedule your appointment by clicking here or by calling the Information Desk at 908-273-0350 option 3.
  • Printing, faxing and scanning services are available during your one hour appointment. 
  • We continue to offer printing from home. Please send your print jobs to A librarian will contact you when your print job is available for pick-up in an envelope in the lobby. Print jobs are $.10 per page for black and white, $.30 per page for color. Please bring exact change and leave it in the envelope when you retrieve your print job. 

Please note the following:

  • All patrons and staff will be required to wear masks and observe social distancing of at least six feet at all times while in the library building.
  • Patrons are encouraged to use hand sanitizer prior to entering the building and after touching library materials and surfaces.
  • For patron and staff safety, sneeze guards have been installed at all public service desks.
  • We have installed a bipolar ionization air filtration system and cleaned all HVAC ductwork to kill bacteria and viruses in the air.
  • No donations can be accepted until further notice.

Want to sign up for a new card or renew your expired card? Please click here.

The library is available 24/7 via the electronic services that we provide. Several of these resources are available to the public for free with a Summit Library card. Check out our new music streaming service, or watch a movie or television show, download an ebook or audiobook by using one of our online services. For more info on all of our online services please click here.

Additional services are featured on the library’s Resources page as well.

Local and State Resources: 

Employment/Unemployment Resources:

New Jersey Department of Human Services – Resources for Seniors:

COVID-19 Related Information about Student Loans:

Census 2020: 

  • Job opportunities: The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. Visit our Census 2020 Resources page or the 2020 Census Website for more information and to apply.​
  • The Census count is now live. You can complete your Census form online, by mail, or by phone (844-330-2020). Visit the Census website or our Census page for details including help lines for non-English speakers/ESL speakers.

Federal and other resources:

Other resources: 

  • End of Life Care– The New Jersey’s Quality Healthcare institute COYL program has a digital toolkit with some great resources to help open up the discussion on End Of Life care and make the topic of advance care planning much more comfortable for all.  Five Wishes, a great document that helps you prepare for the end of life is being provided for free.

The Libby app is a new, one-tap reading app for borrowing digital books and audiobooks from the Summit Library.

This free app, created by Overdrive, is available for Android, iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch), and Windows 10 devices. All you need to get started is an internet connection, a Summit library card, and these steps:

  1. Install the Libby app from your device’s app store.
  2. Open the app and find the Summit Free Public Library. You can search by library name, city, or zip code.
  3. Browse the Library’s collection and borrow a title. When prompted, sign in. You’ll need to enter your library barcode number to complete this step.
  4. Borrowed titles appear on your Shelf and download to the app automatically so you can read them when you’re offline. From your Shelf, you can:
    • Tap Start Reading or Start Listening to open a title.
    • Tap the cover image, then Send to Device to send a book to Kindle.

If you have any questions, please call or visit the Reference desk. 

For more help using OverDrive for specific devices, click here.

To access our full catalog of ebooks and eaudiobooks, go to eLibraryNJ.

Kanopy is the best video streaming service for quality, thoughtful entertainment. Find movies, documentaries, foreign films, classic cinema, independent films and educational videos that inspire, enrich and entertain. We partner with public libraries to bring you an ad-free experience that can be enjoyed on your TV, mobile phones, tablets and online.

Visit Kanopy to start watching movies from home.

Please note:  Due to the popularity of this service, we now have a daily lending limit for hoopla checkouts. You may receive a message that says our daily limit has been reached. If you receive this message, please try to check out your items the following day.

Hoopla digital is a user-friendly, digital media service that allows access to nearly half a million titles, from six different formats: Movies, TV, Music Albums, eAudiobooks , eBooks, and Comics/Graphic Novels. On a mobile device, borrowed content may be temporarily downloaded and accessed offline or, in either the app or on a computer, all borrowed content may be enjoyed while connected to the internet by streaming.

How do I get it?

  • Visit hoopla or download the Apple iOSAndroid or Amazon app.
  • Click “Log In” and then “Sign Up.” Select “Summit Free Public Library.” You will need to provide your Summit library card number, PIN (the same PIN that you use for your library account, usually the last four digits of your library barcode number), and then create a Hoopla account using your email address and a password you create.
  • Search or browse for the item you want to borrow, then click or tap “Borrow.” The item will now be added to your “My Titles” list.
  • In a Web browser, click or tap “Play” to begin streaming your item. In an Android or Apple iOS app, tap “Play” to begin listening or watching immediately or the download icon to save the title on your device for playback later. (Note: You may need to install the Widevine plugin before streaming anything in your computer’s browser.)


Who can borrow items from hoopla?

All Summit Library cardholders (residents, employed, students and paid cards) will have access to hoopla. Patrons with over $5 in fines or expired cards will be unable to access hoopla.

How many items can I check out at a time?

You can check out up to five items per calendar month. For example, 2 movies, 2 music albums, and 1 tv show will equal your monthly limit.

How long can I keep the items I borrow from Hoopla?

Movie and TV content is available for 72 hours (3 days).
Music albums are available for 7 days.
eBooks, comics and audiobooks are available for 21 days.

Can I read, listen to or view what I borrow on more than one device?

Once you borrow a title on one device it is automatically available via all devices with the Hoopla app or on your computer through your browser.

What is the difference between downloading and streaming titles?

All titles are available for streaming (requires continuous internet connection) on a computer or laptop. Using the Hoopla app on an iOS or Android device allows you to download the title for listening and viewing offline. Streaming content to your mobile device when not connected to a Wi-Fi network will impact your mobile device’s data allowance.

Flipster offers a large selection of today’s top titles as well as an outstanding mobile app that allows you to browse and download magazines on the go. Now, from any location or device, you can access a variety of titles for adults and children at no cost to you. With Flipster, you can access current and back issues of popular titles, such as Bloomberg Businessweek, The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Real Simple, and many more. 

With Flipster you get: 

  • Full-color duplicates of the print magazine (including ads)
  • Unlimited access to current and back issues of 35 popular titles
  • 24/7 remote access via desktop and mobile devices
  • No overdue fines 
  • Hassle-free login and authentication by using your Summit library card #

The Flipster app is available for Android and iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch) devices. Follow these steps to download magazines using the app:

  • Simply download the Flipster app on the App Store, iTunes, or Google Play
  • Click “Get Started”
  • Search Summit Free Public Library, postal code, city or state. For faster results, allow Geolocation to find our library
  • Log in using your Summit library card #
  • Explore our collection of popular magazines and click the download icon
  • Tap the glasses icon to begin reading.

We hope you enjoy the new service! If you have any questions, please call or visit the Reference desk.

Thanks to a donation from the Friends of the the Library, the Summit Library is excited to offer our patrons a full subscription to, the world’s top site for learning technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies, and more. With an active Summit Library card you have access to thousands of high quality videos taught by top-notch instructors who know their stuff, and know how to teach it! You create your own account, track your progress and even earn certificates to show others you are keeping your skills razor-sharp.

Try it out at the library, in your home, on your tablet, and even through your smartphone. Create your own account today. Enter your library barcode number, and your PIN is the last four digits of your barcode number. You’ll get hooked, and be smarter for it!

What is it? is a web-based video subscription service that provides courses for learning the latest commercial software, creative and business skills.

How does it work?

The Library’s subscription allows patrons access from library computers or your desktop, mobile and tablet devices. You will need your library card and your library card account PIN.

What’s available?

  • More than 3000+ courses with 129,942 video tutorials. Most tutorials last several hours but are broken into multiple chapters.
  • Software like MS Word, Excel, or PowerPoint; Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator.
  • Web design: Web graphics, Interactive Design, Prototyping and more.
  • Social media and web publishing tools like Facebook, Twitter and Wordpress.
  • Photography: Lighting and Photographing a Still Life, Photography 101: Shooting in Low Light, GIMP:Essential Training
  • Business and career skills – productivity, marketing, time management and more.Job Search Tools: with Resume design, Searching for Positions, Working with Recruiters and more.
  • Courses for all levels cover technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies, and more. Courses may also include exercise files (practice), closed captioning and text transcripts.

How do I start?

Click here to be directed to the Summit Free Public Library Lynda portal. You will be asked to create a LyndaLibrary account by entering your library barcode and PIN, which will allow you to track your progress through your tutorials. For Summit Free Public Library cardholders only. 

The Library is pleased to announce that Rosetta Stone is now available to Summit Library cardholders. Rosetta Stone Inc. is dedicated to changing people’s lives through the power of language and literacy education. The company’s innovative, personalized language and reading programs drive positive learning outcomes in thousands of schools, businesses, government organizations and for millions of individual learners around the world.

If you are accessing Rosetta Stone from home, you will be asked to enter your library card barcode number. Start learning a new language today!

For more information, please click here.

The library has a subscription to TumbleBooks Library, a series of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. 

From now through August 31, 2020, Summit Free Public Library has access to the following eBook services:

  • TumbleMath: Math picture books, to help bring a math concept to life in an easy and
    accessible way, to support classroom learning, and help with homework!
  • Teen Book Cloud: A robust selection of Graphic Novels, Enhanced Novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources, and audiobooks for middle and high school students
  • Audiobook Cloud: An online audio book library collection of streaming audio books
  • Romance Book Cloud: Unlimited and unrestricted access to a core collection of over 1700 Romance eBooks!


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