June 7, 2007

CONTACT: Mary Lynn Williams



Union County Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski would like to remind all residents that the Union County Library Connection Initiative is available to county residents. Library Connection Initiative was developed last year by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

“This is a powerful resource made available to our residents,” said Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski.  “We want to encourage everyone to use the service; there is a vast array of information to be accessed.”

The Union County Library Connections Initiative gives researchers direct links to all the municipal libraries in the county.  In addition, the gateway provides library card holders access to information published by ProQuest from home or from any library in Union County.

Recently ProQuest Historical Newspapers has been updated to include Extra! Edition.  This service delivers all the search options of the traditional ProQuest interface, plus editorial content aligned to commonly-accessed articles.  Researchers can use the database to find news, editorials, letters to the editor, obituaries, and birth and marriage announcements, as well as, historical photos, stock photos, and advertisements.

Card holders have access to three compelling and popular online databases. The County offers both in-library and remote access (using your library card number) to ProQuest’s historical New York Times which provides full image access to articles from the New York Times from 1851 to 2003 in an easily-accessible, easily-searched format.

The County also offers genealogy services via ProQuest’s powerful Heritage Quest and Ancestry databases, which residents can use to trace their family tree and more. The services can be used in every public library in Union County, and the Times and one of the genealogy services can be used remotely from home by library cardholders.

There are 246,347 library card-holders in Union County, or just over 47 percent of all county residents. “We would love for that number to be much higher,” said Freeholder Chairwoman Kowalski.  “It would be great if at least 80 percent of our residents used the service.”

To access information from the Library Connections web site please visit  If you would like additional information or help with access please contact your local library.