Stay Up to Date with Main Library Renovations
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Jersey City’s Main Library, just north of Van Vorst Park in the heart of the city’s historic Downtown, is one of our community’s most iconic and most treasured buildings. The cornerstone was laid in 1899, the doors opened in 1901, and ever since, the Main Library has been a center of culture and learning for the residents of Jersey City...

Masquerade Ball & Last Dance Picture Gallery
On Thursday, May 16, 2019, the Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation celebrated the career of Library Director and Library Foundation founder Priscilla Gardner at the 16th Annual Foundation Fundraiser.
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Serving the second largest city in New Jersey and located on the Hudson River across from lower Manhattan, the Jersey City Free Public Library system consists of a Main Library, Branches & Bookmobile...

Help Renovate the Main Library in Jersey City!
Help Renovate the Main Library in Jersey City!
Help Renovate the Main Library in Jersey City!
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  • Main Library Barrier-Free Access

    The automatic doors and wheelchair lift on the Jersey Avenue side of the Main Library are fully operational. Please ring the bell if you need assistance.

  • Help Renovate the Main Library - GoFundMe Fundraiser

    Please help renovate the century-plus historic Main Library in Jersey City, NJ.

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Fall Preschool Story Hours
Fall Preschool Story Hours

Story hours will be held at each of our library locations. Children 8 years and under must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver at all times. For times and dates, please download the story hour schedule.

NJ Housing & Finance Mortgage
NJ Housing & Finance Mortgage
NJ Housing & Finance Mortgage

First-time homebuyer information session for adults.

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Who's Holding That Library Card

Elected and Public Officials, plus Celebrities holding Jersey City Library Cards...


Dial-A-Story features pre-recorded stories for children in English and Spanish...

Fall - Winter Schedule

Download the Fall - Winter 2019 - 2020 Schedule...

Jersey Journal Historical Archive

The Jersey Journal Historical Archive provides unprecedented access to Jersey City’s history through the lens of our local daily newspaper...

ABC Mouse

From Age of Learning, Inc., the award-winning curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2 - 6+) build a strong foundation…


The JCFPL now carries Hotspots. Please visit your local library branch to borrow a T-Mobile HotSpot.


Help renovate the century-plus historic Main Library in Jersey City, NJ.

Tales of Our Cities

Tales of Our Cities, the Jersey City Free Public Library’s 10th Annual Book Festival...





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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.

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The Jersey City Library Literacy Program provides literacy instruction for Hudson County residents aged 18 and up. Literacy Program students range from non-readers to fifth-grade-level readers. Some speak English, others do not; some are learning basic arithmetic and others are getting ready to take the TASC (formerly known as the GED Test). The program offers tutoring in Basic Literacy, English as a Second Language (ESL), Citizenship Preparation, and Math. Reading Horizons, a computerized phonics program based on the Orton-Gillingham method, is available for Basic Literacy and ESL students at the Main Library and some Branch Libraries.

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Free wireless access is available at all Jersey City Free Public Library locations to all library patrons. Wireless Internet access is provided to the public as a service free of charge on an “as is” basis with no guarantee and no warranty for your laptops throughout the library.

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Use the online form to send your questions, comments or suggestions. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Do you wonder about your library renewals, or have reference questions or other inquiries, and you need an answer from the Library fast? Text us at (201) 579-0694, and you’ll get what you need (or, at least, we’ll lead you to where you can find your ultimate answer).

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Dial-A-Story features pre-recorded stories for children in English and Spanish. To hear a story, call anytime: (201) 547-4604. 

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