Sistine Chapel

Friends of the Library Award
The third annual “Friends of the Library Award” was granted to Upper Saddle River resident Nicole Steinberg at the
NHRHS Awards ceremony on June 2nd.

Download the Friends Newsletter.

Our Fundraisers include:

• Annual Book and Author Luncheon
• November Membership Drive
• Monthly Book Sales
• USR Directory Advertising
• Friends Holiday Boutique

Our library is able to provide these special programs and exciting projects because of the generous donations from our membership drive and the efforts of our volunteers who raise and donate thousands of dollars to enrich and enhance our Library and community. The library stands as a wonderful cornerstone of USR providing opportunities for all to engage in the joy of life–long learning and to connect with the thoughts and ideas of others from ages past to the present.

Please help us make certain that our Library will have the financial support necessary by filling out the membership card and becoming a member of the FUSRL today. Your generous support is a source of encouragement to all of us as we continue our efforts to guarantee that our Library remains a valuable community resource for years to come.

Art Series

Art Series: Salvador Dali

Our Art Series continues on October 18th at 7:30 pm.

Join us for a slide show presentation of the work of surrealist painter Salvador Dali.

More Adult Programs

YA book club

YA Bookclub

Thursdays @ 4–5 pm

Oct. 4th & 18th, Nov. 1st, 15th & 29th, Dec. 6th Drop by, have some food, and talk about the book you’ve just read. Share your opinions and have fun! Books will be available at the circulation desk after Sept. 20th.

Our first book is: “Gone” by Michael Grant

More Teen Programs

Fall progeams for Kids

Fall Storyhours & Clubs

Fall Session • Oct. 1st– Dec. 6th
Registration begins Sept. 18th

Book Clubs
Chess School
and Read to Our Gentle Friends!

More Kids Programs

Garden details

It’s All in the Details:
Gardening Program

Tuesday • October 2nd • 7:30 pm

Join us for a discussion of garden details and ornamentation, which when correctly used, create drama, texture, and focus in any landscape. Photos from public and private gardens will be used to demonstrate the siting, choice and construction of garden details as water features, fountains, decorative walls and paving choices.

More Adult Programs

New Hours

USR Library to Open Earlier

In order to accommodate the many requests for earlier hours the Upper Saddle River Library’s new hours will be Monday–Thursday 9:30 am to 8:30 pm. These hours begin Tuesday, September 4, 2012.

Monday thru Thursday: 9:30am-8:30pm
Friday: 10am-5pm
Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sundays: 1pm-5pm starting Sept. 16

museum pass program

Museum Pass Program
Enjoy New York City’s Wonderful Museums

The Children's Museum of Manhattan has been added to this Friends of the Library sponsored program. Other museums in the program are Guggenheim Museum, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Museum of the City of New York, and the South Street Seaport Museum.

Learn more about the Museum Pass Program

bookletters reviews

Bookletters Reviews

Online and email newsletters that provide recommendations for great reading on a wide range of interests. View the current issues online or sign up to have them delivered to your email address.

Fiction Bestsellers, Nonfiction Best Sellers, The Library's Book Groups reading lists, Lifestyles, Business, Children & Teen reading, USR Library's Newsletter BookBytes and more! When viewing online through the library's website you can easily check to see if a book is available or request a hold.

Check It Out!

BeAt Classes

eReaders Available for Adults

The Adult department has eReaders available for lending. Electronic editions of the latest best sellers will be available on these eReaders. Borrow one, just like a hard copy. Please place a reserve with the Reference librarian.

Learn more about BeATaudio


The Friends of the Library


The Heart of the Community. Become a member of the unique organization - Friends of the Upper Saddle River Library (USRFL). For more than 40 years, the USRFL has provided financial support to enhance the resources and services of the library, and with your support, we will continue to help the Upper Saddle River Library grow and flourish. Please see below on how to support the Friends.

Friends’ gifts to the library during 2015-2016 included:

  • Sponsorship, with Allendale’s Lee Memorial Library, of the third Annual Friends Graduation Award at Northern Highlands to two deserving seniors (see excerpt from award winning essay on page 2)
  • Co-sponsorship, together with the USR Recreation Commission, of the Songs at Sunset Summer Concert
  • Purchase of museum passes for Library patrons at the Museum of the City of New York, The Intrepid Air and Space Museum and the Guggenheim Museum
  • Purchase of best-selling titles on electronic reading devices for patrons
    to borrow
  • Purchase of Story Sacks fi lled with books and materials for the Children’s Department
  • E.S.L Program
  • Maintenance of our resident fish and fish tank
  • Online learning and productivity resources such as®,™ and Consumer Reports®
  • Access to® and Heritage Quest™
  • Funding of the upkeep of our grounds, including all decorative landscaping, lawn treatments, spring and fall clean- ups, mulching and weeding, pruning and edging.
  • Sponsorship of the Book and Author luncheon at the 2015 HUMC Showhouse
  • Contribution to the BCCLS scholarship fund
  • Seasonal decorations for the Library
  • Co-sponsorship of the 2015 Annual Harvest Festival together with the Historical Society

The impact of the Friends’ generosity is wider than just our community. In the last year we have donated DVD’s and Audio Books to the VFW for soldiers in the Middle East; and books to Teach for America, Oasis Shelter, Spring Valley and Paterson schools and a school in the Philippines.

We invite you to join the Friends of the Upper Saddle River library–either as an active member (meetings are generally the first Monday of the month–check the Upper Saddle River Library website or the Borough Bulletin), or as a financial supporter through membership and donations. Working together, we make a difference for our Library!

Dianne M. Bono, President



Support the library by making a tax deductible contribution to The Friends of the Library. The Donation categories below entitle you to a year-long membership with the Friends.
$15.00 Senior Membership
$30.00 Individual Membership
$50.00 Family Membership
$100.00 Patron
$250.00 Sponsor*
$500.00 or greater, Benefactor*
*Sponsors and greater will have their name inscribed on a blossom on our giving tree

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