The Friends of the South Orange Public Library is a 501(c)3 registered charitable organization that supports the South Orange Public Library by funding new library books and other materials, sponsoring Library activities and programs, and raising community awareness and advocacy of the SOPL. We raise money primarily through donations and our annual book sale.  Your contribution is tax deductible as provided by law.  


Please donate!


Here’s what you help the Friends fund

  • New library books, including fiction and nonfiction, social justice titles, children’s books, graphic novels, and travel guides. In 2019, the Friends funded 193 new titles; by August 2020, they had already circulated 1,646 times!
  • Continuous support for over 10 years of the Children’s Summer Reading Program, from Monday Night performers  to reading rewards
  • Children’s programming throughout the year
  • Teen summer reading prizes, and support for VolunTEENS, a Library volunteer program for teens
  • Museum passes for discounted admission to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Montclair Art Museum, the Morris Museum, the Newark Museum of Art, and the New York Historical Society.  Check museum sites for reopening information and for scheduling a visit
    • Coming soon: Storm King Art Center!
    • Stay tuned for additional museums, especially ones that feature outdoor programming
  • The Library’s Foreign Film series, with Gerard Amsellem


The Friends also

  • Provide books for four Little Free Libraries in South Orange: two built by the SO Rotary Club, at the SO train station, and next to the tennis courts at the Baird, and two side-by-side libraries on Vose Avenue near Mountain station
  • Run an annual book sale (except in this COVID year).  Local teachers  get early, teachers-only admission to the book sale, when they can purchase books for their classrooms at nominal cost

Contact Information

South Orange Public Library: 973-762-0230

Friends of the South Orange Public Library 
65 Scotland Road
South Orange, NJ 07079

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About the Connett Memorial Library Building


The Connett Memorial Library is a Richardsonian Romanesque-style public library in brick and sandstone, with a red slate roof. Built in 1895 and designed by Stephenson and Greene of New York, it is unusual for retaining most of its historic fabric and details inside and out. 

Paula Poundstone says, Join the Friends!

Friends of SOPL
65 Scotland Rd
South Orange, NJ

973-762-0230 (library)

Did you know??

We are halfway to our $10,000 fundraising goal for 2020!  Please donate today!

In 2019, the Friends funded 193 new Library titles-- by August 2020, they had circulated 1,646 times! 

The Friends fund the Children's Summer Reading Program, Teen summer reading prizes, and the Library's Foreign Film series.

The Friends fund museum passes to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, IntrepidMontclair Art Museum, Morris Museum, Newark Museum of Art, and NY Historical Society.

Coming soon: 

Storm King Art Center!


Liberty Science Center: present your library card and ID to get $3 off general admission for up to 4 people, or 10% off a family membership.

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The Friends of the South Orange Public Library is a 501c3 charitable organization. Contributions are tax deductible as provided by law.