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September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month! Stop in today to sign up for a new card. You can use your South Amboy Library card at the Dowdell Library, but it can also be used to check out materials at over 30 other local LMXAC libraries. You can find the complete list of libraries on our website, South Amboy residents, business owners and South Amboy employees are eligible for a free card! Your library card will also give you access to valuable online resources like Hoopla, Explora, eLibraryNJ, Libby, Heritage Quest, JerseyClicks, and more!

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with these Hoopla selections!
Get started with Hoopla at 
Venga a la biblioteca!


Check out our YouTube Channel!

Enter the Banned Book Contest! 
From September 19-24 pick up a contest sheet to be entered into the raffle!
One entry per person.

Commemorating the 21st anniversary of 9/11.....

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 online events,
please register by emailing Kathleen Johnson

With Fall upon us, take advantage of these free trail guides to the state's parks....

The Easiest Way to Renew a U.S. Passport

The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls You can register your home or mobile phone for free. After you register, other types of organizations may still call you, such as charities, political groups, debt collectors and surveys. 

If you received an unwanted call after your number was on the
National Registry for 31 days, report it to the FTC.

Get Covered New Jersey is the state’s official health insurance marketplace. It is where individuals and families can easily shop for and buy health coverage, and the only place to receive financial help. You can use GetCoveredNJ to compare health plans and calculate costs, and to choose the plan that works best for you and your family.


1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is simple concept with rewards that are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes you can repeat books) before your precious one starts kindergarten.

Does it sound hard? Not really if you think about it. If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you have more time than you think (so get started).

Teens & Tweens

Stop by the library's table to find out about our upcoming events such as, October's JAZZ program, the Biz Breakfast and more! Don't forget to enter the
raffle to win a prize!

    Table of  

New @ Dowdell
Spotlight on New Books
Digital Library
Teens & Tweens
Small Business & Job Resources
COVID-19 and Monkeypox Resources
Coming Soon
Contact Us

 We're Open! 

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

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


After Labor Day Weekend 

Holiday Closing

Monday, September 5


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



Search for your favorite books, movies, music, and more. Download and connect to digital content! Use LMxPRESS PLUS to: place holds on items, manage your library account, store
a digital copy of your library card on your device and much more! 

Apple Devices

Android Devices    

Pay Your Library
Fines Online With SmartPay 


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

#StartWithaSmile when Amazon donates to the Dowdell Library Foundation Inc. This is a great way to donate to the Dowdell Library Foundation! Amazon will donate .5% of all purchases to the Foundation. Help support the Library!

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 for elementary and secondary school students.

Elementary School

Secondary School 

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.

Digital magazines at your library! Thousands of titles with unlimited access, automatic checkout, and full color editions with new and back issues.


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.

Take a Ride Through
the Garden State.....

Columbus Farmers Market is Delaware Valley's oldest and largest flea market located in Columbus, NJ. To learn more click the link below.

Happy Travels


Downloadable content, 
24 hours / 7 days a week.

Latest Overdrive Advantage
eBook Additions

Bower, Tom

Coulter, Catherine

Half-Blown Rose
Cross-Smith, Leesa

Lessons in Chemistry
Garmus, Bonnie

Book Lovers
Henry, Emily

Younger Wife
Hepworth, Sally

1105 Yakima Street
Macomber, Debbie

Best Is Yet to Come
Macomber, Debbie

Last to Vanish
Miranda, Megan

Pearse, Sarah

Kaiju Preservation
Scalzi, John

Stringfellow, Tara M.

Remarkably Bright Creatures
Van Pelt, Shelby

Sugar and Salt
Wiggs, Susan

What My Bones Know
Woo, Stephanie

Black Dog
Woods, Stuart

Advantage titles provides South Amboy residents additional access to new eBooks added every month! 

Visit the link below to get started with eBooks 
COVID - 19 and
Monkeypox Resources


2022 U.S. Monkeypox Outbreak

Docket is a new app from the NJ Department of Health that makes it easier for you and your family to securely access your COVID-19 vaccination record.

If you don't have your vaccination card with you or you have lost it, you can easily access your record through the app to provide proof of COVID-19 immunizations as needed.

Apple App Store       Google Play

If you need help or know someone who does, please call 833-223-0011 for referral to counseling for stress, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, poor concentration, increased alcohol/drug use, depression or other issues.

Get vaccinated at a
location near you!

COVID-19 Economic Relief for American workers, families, and small businesses.

Up to date information regarding COVID-19

Travel During COVID-19

Managing Stress
During COVID-19
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.

L2B seeks to connect job seekers, businesses, and nonprofits of New Jersey with organizations and experts who are actively engaging in business and workforce development webinars. 

View the CALENDAR for FREE webinars and online training. Click on eRESOURCES for business, nonprofit organizations, and economic development information.

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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