Mission & Vision Statement


Bernards Township Library’s mission is to inform, enrich and connect our community.


To cultivate an inviting community destination, where curiosity can spark discovery.

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Interested in helping the Library achieve its Mission and Vision? Click here for information on how to join the Friends, volunteer or donate!

Library Hours

Regular Hours:

Monday - Thursday: 9:30 am - 9:00 pm

Friday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Summer Library hours during the months of July and August through Labor Day:

Monday - Thursday: 9:30am to 9:00pm

Friday: 9:30am to 5:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am to 2:00pm

Sunday - CLOSED

Holiday Closings 2017
  • January 1 (Sunday) New Year's Day - Closed
  • January 2 (Monday) New Year's Day Observed - Closed
  • January 16 (Monday) Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Closed
  • February 20 (Monday) President's Day - Closed
  • April 14 (Friday) Good Friday - Closed
  • April 15 (Saturday) - Closed
  • April 16 (Sunday) Easter - Closed
  • May 29 (Monday) Memorial Day - Closed
  • July 3 (Monday) Day prior to Independence Day - Closed
  • July 4 (Tuesday) Independence Day - Closed
  • September 4 (Monday) Labor Day - Closed
  • October 9 (Monday) Columbus Day - Closed
  • November 22 (Wednesday) Day before Thanksgiving - Close at 5:00pm
  • November 23 (Thursday) Thanksgiving Day - Closed
  • November 24 (Friday) Day after Thanksgiving - Closed
  • December 24 (Sunday) Christmas Eve - Closed
  • December 25 (Monday) Christmas Day - Closed
  • December 31 (Sunday) New Year's Eve - Closed
Location and Directions

The Library is located at:

32 South Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

FROM ROUTE 78 WESTBOUND: Take Exit 36 "Basking Ridge/Warrenville". Turn right at light at end of exit ramp, and follow King George Road (Route 527) towards Basking Ridge. King George Road runs into Valley Road and into Stonehouse Road. Proceed to the fifth traffic light and bear right at the fork just before this light (Lyons Mall is straight ahead) on to South Finley Avenue. Go under the railroad trestle, and through the next two traffic lights. After the second light [Ridge High school is on your right], continue .3 mile and turn right on Collyer Lane. At the bottom of the hill turn left onto South Maple Avenue and continue .6 mile. The Library is on your right, just past Lindbergh Lane.

FROM ROUTE 78 EASTBOUND: From Route 78 Eastbound, exit at Route 287 North and follow the directions "From 287 Southbound or Northbound" below.

FROM ROUTE 287 SOUTHBOUND OR NORTHBOUND: Take Exit 30A "North Maple Avenue". Follow exit ramp and merge into North Maple Avenue traffic. This is the correct direction on North Maple, and just 2 miles from the Library. Continue through the light at Madisonville Road, on into town, and bear left at the fork where road changes to South Maple Avenue. The Library is immediately on the left.

FROM ROUTE 80 EASTBOUND OR WESTBOUND: Exit at Route 287 South and follow the directions "From Route 287 Southbound or Northbound" above. Parking is available in the Library lots accessible from Maple Avenue to the north of the Library building or in the lower-level lot down Lindbergh Lane to the south of the building. There is also a municipal lot opposite the Library on Maple Avenue.


Board Members

Board of Trustees 2017

(Back) Santosh Subramanian, President-Kippy Piedici, Secretary-MaryJane McNally, Tim Opremcak, Zina Pozner, Scott Ross
(Front) Cynthia Yin, Director-Ruth Lufkin, Treasurer-Vivian Pagoulatos
Not Pictured:  John Carpenter

Kippy Piedici
Mary Jane McNally

Vivian Pagoulatos
John Carpenter
Ruth Lufkin
Tim Opremcak
Zina Pozner
Scott Ross

Santosh Subramanian
Cynthia Yin


Secretary & School Board Liaison

Township Committee Liaison
Library Director
Regular Member
Regular Member
Regular Member
Regular Member
Regular Member




Board Meeting Dates

Please take notice that the Library Board of Bernards Township will meet to discuss or act upon public business on each of the dates set forth below at the Library, 32 South Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge, New Jersey.


  • January 25, 2017 - 7:30 pm
  • March 1, 2017 - 7:30 pm (February meeting)
  • March 29, 2017 - 7:30 pm
  • April 26, 2017 - 7:30 pm
  • May 24, 2017 - 7:30 pm
  • June 28, 2017 - 7:30 pm
  • July 26, 2017 - 7:30 pm - CANCELED
  • August 2, 2017 - 7:30 pm (Special Meeting)
  • August 30, 2017 - 7:30 pm - CANCELED
  • September 27, 2017 - 7:30 pm
  • October 25, 2017 - 9:00 am
  • November 29, 2017 - 7:30 pm
  • December 27, 2017 - 7:30 pm
Agendas & Minutes


October 2017 Agenda Minutes
September 2017 Agenda Minutes
August 2017 Agenda Minutes
June 2017 Agenda Minutes
May 2017 Agenda Minutes
April 2017 Agenda Minutes
March 2017 Agenda Minutes
February 2017 Agenda Minutes
January 2017 Agenda Minutes
December 2016 Agenda Minutes
November 2016 Agenda Minutes
October 2016 Agenda Minutes
September 2016 Agenda Minutes
August 2016 No Meeting
July 2016 Agenda Minutes
June 2016 Agenda Cancelled
May 2016 Agenda Minutes
April 2016 Agenda Minutes
March 2016 Agenda Minutes
February 2016 Agenda Minutes
January 2016 Agenda Minutes


Computer and Internet Use

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Patron Behavior

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Employment Opportunities

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Contact Us

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History of the Library

The Bernards Township Library probably began sometime between 1751 and 1787 under the pastorate of Rev. Dr. Samuel Kennedy, fourth minister of the Presbyterian Church in downtown Basking Ridge.
The Basking Ridge Free Public Library was incorporated in 1898.  This we record as the official beginning of the Library structure we know today, although several significant changes can be noted since then.  The Library holdings continued to grow and the library moved several times before arriving at its current location in 1974.

More detailed Library History information can be found here.