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Valentine's Day Raffle - Win a gift certificate for you and someone special at South Amboy's Hibachi Express & Sushi!  Just enter to win every time you check something out @ the Library. Now through February 12th.


Dowdell Library is excited to share these online virtual health programs in collaboration with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and RWJ
Barnabas Health
. If you are interested in these onlineevents, please register
by emailing Camilla

From the Archives @ Dowdell Library



Small Business & Job Resources

 Business Source Elite

Small Business Reference Center

Regional Business News

Reference Solutions

New Jersey Career Assistance Navigator


BrainFuse HelpNow



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New @ Dowdell
Spotlight on New Books
Digital Library
Small Business & Job Resources
Coming Soon
Contact Us

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
10 a.m. to 8 p.m

Wednesday, Friday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Holiday Closing

Presidents' Day
Monday, February 19

The Dowdell Library is located off John T. O'Leary Boulevard
and adjacent to the South Amboy Middle / High School.

Our mailing address is:
100 Harold G.
Hoffman Plaza 

South Amboy, NJ 08879

Contact Us
(732) 721-6060 Telephone
(732) 721-1054 Fax

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Reserve Upcoming Releases

Calling All Collectors


Do you have a unique collection? If so, please consider sharing it with us! 

The Dowdell Library has a great area for display: The Davidoff Exhibition Area. We also have two display cases that can accommodate smaller items. 

Please contact the
Dowdell Library 
for more information. 

Click here to view
past exhibits

   How do I ... ?

Support the Dowdell Library Foundation
The Dowdell Library Foundation, Inc. was established to enhance financial support for the Sadie Pope Dowdell Public Library of South Amboy, NJ with private funding through grants and donations.

We accomplish our mission through fundraising and your contributions, which enable us to increase library capabilities, resources and services for the community. The Dowdell Library Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and all gifts are tax deductible and qualify for matching grants from many employers.


Improve on tests for High School, College, Graduate School and U.S. Citizenship.

Help for resumes, job searches and Microsoft Office training. 

Vocational test prep for Nursing, Law Enforcement, Public Safety, Teaching exams and more.

Create an account with a username and password to keep track of your progress.

Provides high-quality, relevant health and wellness information that is trusted, easy to understand, free and in both English and Spanish. Anytime, anywhere, on any device for FREE.

Click on the image above and enter your 9 digit library card number to begin searching!

Explora is easy-to-use and provides reliable online content aimed at various demographics with ease.

Explora Primary

Explora Middle School

Explora High School

Explora For Public Libraries

FREE LIVE Tutoring, U.S. Citizenship Prep, MS Office Skills, Career, Cover letter and Resume Assistance, And more!

Instantly borrow media, eBooks & comics to enjoy on your computer, tablet, phone & TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded for offline enjoyment later.

Apple Store

Google Play Store

Borrow ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and more from your local library for free! 

Apple Store

Google Play Store


South Amboy Citizen Newspaper
Years 1910-2000

South Amboy Sayreville Times 
October 18, 1991 - Present 

St. Mary's/Cardinal McCarrick Yearbooks 
South Amboy/Hoffman High School Yearbooks 

New Jersey Digital Highway

Online Research Available 24/7.  To search click below

To search all JERSEYCLICKS categories and or CONSUMER REPORTS, click below. Once you find an article, enter your whole library card number starting with for full text access.

Reference Solutions is a powerful online reference and research tool providing library cardholders instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on
U.S. businesses (59 million) and U.S. residents (310 milliion). 

Reference Solutions makes it faster and easier to find new
business opportunities, research executives and companies, find news articles, conduct job searches, research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers,
conduct market research and much more.

Discover your family history and genealogy and begin your family history journey.


Learn to Love a Kindle
as much as the Library

A Kindle, otherwise known as an e-Reader, is a device that you can read books on and do so much more with. For instance, with your library card, you can download eBooks to your Kindle through eLibraryNJ (a collection of eBooks provided by our consortium) and Hoopla (a website that allows users with a library card to login and borrow materials including eBooks and more).

Both eLibraryNJ and Hoopla are accessible through our website ( Moreover, you can also download eBooks by using eLibraryNJ’s app (called Libby) and Hoopla’s app (also called Hoopla). It is important to note that on eLibraryNJ you can checkout up to five eBooks at a time and can keep the titles for three weeks.

Once you have downloaded your eBooks, you can organize them on your Kindle into collections by going to the home screen of your Kindle, then by tapping “create a collection”, and then by giving it a fun name such as “books I want to read over and over again”. Then, to add or remove a book from your collection, tap and hold a book, and then tap “add to/remove from collection”. Want to take notes while you are reading? Highlight the text to remember your favorite parts of the book you are reading. Both fiction and non-fiction are available.

There are so many different kinds of Kindles to best suit the type of reader you are. For instance, the Kindle Paperwhite has a very simple design with a paper like display which is great for someone who gravitates more towards reading physical books and is looking to try a Kindle out.

There also is the Kindle 11th Generation which is the least expensive Kindle and the smallest is great if you are a reader who is always on the go and is looking for a Kindle that will fit in their bag. The Kindle Oasis is the oldest model of the Kindle, but it is also the largest which is ideal for someone who prefers large print books.

Lastly, the Kindle Scribe is the most expensive of all the Kindles, but it has an incredible writable surface which is great for taking notes while reading. While each type of Kindle has its pros and cons, the one aspect all of the Kindles have in common is that you can download eBooks from the Dowdell Library using eLibraryNJ or Hoopla.


Downloadable content, 
24 hours / 7 days a week.

Latest Overdrive Advantage
eBook Additions

Anna O
Blake, Matthew

Storm We Made
Chan, Vanessa

First Lie Wins
Elston, Ashley

Hawkins, Rachel

Midnight Creed
Kava, Alex

Happiness Falls
Kim, Angie

Marrs, John

Heaven & Earth Grocery Store
McBride, James

Holmes, Marple & Poe
Patterson, James

Lost Tomb
Preston, Douglas

Upside Down
Steel, Danielle

Advantage titles provides South Amboy residents additional access to new eBooks added every month! 
Visit the link below to get started with eBooks 


Small Business
& Job Resources

An online community to help you with your job search, connect you with other people who are (or have recently been) looking for jobs and interact with a volunteer coaching network.

A Helping Hand for Homeowners in Need 
If you have experienced a financial hardship and an increase in housing related expenses associated with the coronavirus pandemic that created a risk of mortgage delinquency, mortgage default, foreclosure or property tax lien, the Homeowner Assistance Fund may be able to help.
The Davidoff Exhibition Area

Click above to view the latest exhibits on display. Want to display your collection? Contact us! 
 The Dowdell Library is located off John T. O'Leary Boulevard
and adjacent to the South Amboy Middle / High School.

Our mailing address is:
100 Harold G. Hoffman Plaza 
South Amboy, NJ 08879
(732) 721-6060 Telephone
(732) 721-1054 Fax


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