Frequently Asked Questions

  • JCFPL Library Card +

    For borrowing books and for accessing the electronic resources available through this website on home computers, library patrons now use a yellow and blue, bar-coded library card, sized like a credit card. All library cards will begin with the numbers 27954. You can obtain a card at the Main Library at 472 Jersey Avenue or at any of our branches. Read More
  • How do I renew books and other materials? +

    Materials borrowed can be renewed at your local library or online... Read More
  • Where do I return the items I have borrowed? +

    You can return borrowed materials at any Jersey City Free Public Library location. Please note that we do not have any book drops at any of our locations. You need to return items that you have checked out during our regular hours of operation. Items belonging to other library systems obtained through interlibrary loan must be returned to the branch where they were requested. Read More
  • How do I check my account status? +

    You can view your JCFPL Account through the online catalog. Sign in with your User ID, which is your Library Card Number (found on the back of your library card starting with 27954) and (PIN) Personal Identification Number. If you misplaced your PIN or have forgotten it, please visit your local library. Read More
  • How to Pay My Late Fees +

    Late fees can be paid at your local library or online by logging into your account... Read More
  • What is my PIN and why do I need it? +

    Your Personal Identification Number allows you to access your library account information through the library catalog. Your PIN should have been presented to you when you initially registered for your account. If you misplaced your PIN or have forgotten it, please visit your local library. Read More
  • What if I lost my library card? +

    Please visit summary of fines, fees, and charges for information regarding lost cards... Read More
  • How do I renew my Library Card? +

    Library cards will be renewed annually at no charge to holder if the cardholder is in good standing. Before it is renewed, all outstanding bills need to be paid. Library cardholders will be required to show forms of address, one being a Photo ID, and another current form of address. Read More
  • How do I change my PIN number? +

    Provided that you know your existing PIN (Personal Identification Number), you can then change your existing PIN through our online Library Catalog. Follow the directions provided on the page with your Library Card and current PIN, then enter a new PIN. If you have forgotten your PIN, please visit or contact your local library for assistance. Read More
  • Can I use the Internet at the Library? +

    Public Access computer is provided at all branches of the Jersey City Free Public Library. See the JCFPL Computer and Internet Policy for details about Rules of Conduct for Use of Public Computers. Read More
  • Other than Internet use, are there any other applications available at the Library? +

    All public access computers have Microsoft Office Applications, Microsoft Word and Excel. To find out what other computer applications are available, please call the individual Library. Read More
  • Is there Wi-Fi at the library? +

    The JCFPL offers free Wi-Fi to all JCFPL cardholders at all Jersey City Free Library locations. To connect to the Wi-Fi, please contact your local library for details. Read More
  • What if I work in Jersey City but do not live in Jersey City? +

    You can obtain a JCFPL Library Card by providing proof of employment ID (or payroll stub) and current address. Read More
  • What if I live in Hudson County? (Reciprocal Borrower) +

    Anyone who lives within the Hudson County area is eligible for a JCFPL card. Please provide photo ID and gas/electric or water bill, credit card statement, or computer generated bill from within the past 30 days as proof of current address. Read More
  • What if I do not live in Jersey City? Entitled to be a subscription borrower +

    You can obtain a JCFPL Library Card by providing proof of current address (mail sent to you at your address where living now within the past 30 days) and paying a fee of $50 for 12 Months (borrowing limited to no more than $50 value at 1 time). Read More
  • Is parking available at the Library? +

    The Main Library does not have a parking lot. Street parking is available but there is a 2 hour limit. Ff more than 2 hours is needed, temporary parking permits are available at the 3rd floor Main Library at the business office. Parking lots are available at the Five Corners, Miller & Glenn D. Cunningham locations. Read More
  • Can I Donate Books? +

    We accept donations of up to 50 books in good condition. We don't accept magazines, encyclopedias, textbooks, manuals, or other time-sensitive materials. We do not accept multiple copies of the same title. You may drop off donations to the Razim Bookstore, located in the Lending Department of the Priscilla Gardner Main Library: 472 Jersey Avenue, second floor. The Main Library is open Mon-Thu 9am-8pm, Fri & Sat 9am-5pm. Read More
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