A UNIVERSE OF STORIES
A UNIVERSE OF STORIES

This summer celebrate the Summer of Space,
we're exploring A UNIVERSE OF STORIES -
so get ready to blast off with reading!

JUNE 24 to August 16

This summer celebrate the
Summer of Space, we're exploring A UNIVERSE OF STORIES - so get ready to blast off with reading!

June 24 to August 16

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...

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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!
We Need Your Help!
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LIBRARY NEWS

  • 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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  • Donate to the Jersey City Free Public Library

    Since 2004, the Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation has supported the Library's mission with its vital fundraising efforts...

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VISIT A LIBRARY BRANCH

Five Corners Branch

Five Corners Branch

Now one of the busiest Regional Branch Libraries in the Jersey City Free Public Library system, the Five Corners Branch Library has been in existence since 1924. Dedicated on June 17th of that year, the Five Read More
Earl A. Morgan Branch

Earl A. Morgan Branch

The Earl A. Morgan Branch originally opened in February 1917 in rented rooms at 169-171 Danforth Avenue. Initially known as the Greenville Branch, its success was immediate, and its use increased rapidly. Read More
Miller Branch

Miller Branch

First known as the Bergen Branch of the Free Public Library of Jersey City, the Miller Branch was opened to the public on January 14, 1914 in a rented building at 543-545 Jackson Avenue. Today, the Read More
Glenn D. Cunningham Branch

Glenn D. Cunningham Branch

The Glenn D. Cunningham Branch Library and Community Center was the first new branch library constructed in Jersey City since 1962. It opened to the public on August 18, 2004, replacing and upgrading the Claremont Branch Read More
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RESEARCH & EXPLORE

Check the status of your library account and renew materials online. Apply for a library card today!

Search our catalog including books, online materials, and publications available from our collection.

Ask questions about research, library resources, and library policies that can be answered in brief chat responses.

Search databases to help find the best available resources for all your research.

View our calendar for the latest information and details on upcoming events.

Download digital e-Books, audiobooks, movies, and music anywhere, anytime!
No late fees!

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FEATURED PROGRAMS

BOOKS ON THE MOVE
NJPAC in Your Community -
BOOKS ON THE MOVE
NJPAC in Your Community -
BOOKS ON THE MOVE

Join NJPAC Teaching Artist Wincey Terry for a reading of Mambo King,the inspiring true story of Tito Puente's journey from Spanish Harlem to the Grammy Awards.

SPRING PRESCHOOL STORY HOURS
SPRING PRESCHOOL STORY HOURS
SPRING PRESCHOOL STORY HOURS

Story hours will be held at each of our library locations. For times and dates, please download the story hour schedule.

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Did you realize that you can put library materials in patrons’ hands for as little as $10 (1 juvenile book) or as much as $100 (5 eBook licenses)? Your gift helps expand the horizons of children and adults alike, giving them the tools from their public library that helps expand their lives.

HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING

Who's Holding That Library Card

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

Dial-A-Story

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

Spring 2019 Schedule

Download the Spring 2019 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 ABCmouse.com curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2 - 6+) build a strong foundation…

Hotspots

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

GoFundMe

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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UPCOMING EVENTS

20 May 2019
Book Club
20 May 2019
Movie (YA)
20 May 2019
Read to Ella
21 May 2019
Family Night
22 May 2019
Chicks with Sticks

LIBRARY SERVICES

  • Library Card
  • Free WiFi
  • Ask a Librarian
  • Text Us
  • Dial-A-Story
  • Children's Room
  • Biblioteca Criolla
  • Federal Documents
  • Lending

Access My Library Card Account:
To access library account, please input your USER ID number, which is library card number located behind your library card. Follow the links below:

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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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Although young Vincenzo passed away in January 2001 at the age of two, the legacy he left belied his tender years. In recognition of Vincenzo’s life and the love he shared, then-Mayor Glenn D. Cunningham renamed the Children’s Room at the Main Library in his honor on April 18, 2002 as the Vincenzo Domenico Bonetti II Room.

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Since 1972, Biblioteca Criolla at the Jersey City Free Public Library has been New Jersey’s largest public library collection dedicated exclusively to Spanish-language works, and to presenting Latino culture from all Spanish-speaking nationalities. In addition to maintaining an extensive, up-to-date collection of original and translated works in Spanish, Biblioteca Criolla provides the community with a wide variety of cultural and educational programming, including art workshops, author readings, musical performances, Spanish-language preschool story hours, and more.

Since 2010, Biblioteca Criolla has been housed on the fourth floor of the Main Library, in a light-filled space with expansive clerestory windows that create a skylight effect. The space contains the circulating and reference collections, an art gallery, computers available for patron use, children and adult reading areas, as well as tables for quiet reading and work that can also be moved to accommodate Biblioteca Criolla’s many public events.

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The Federal Documents department is closed due to ongoing renovations.

The Jersey City Free Public Library has been a Congressionally-designated depository for U.S. Government documents since the Library’s inception. As one of the 1,250 depositories in the country, it offers a wealth of information – both historical and current – from the U.S. Government Publishing Office.

As a selective depository, Jersey City Free Public Library selects and receives publications from numerous federal agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Defense, and many others. Our holdings include books, pamphlets, microfiche, CDs, and electronic resources.

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The Lending Department is in many ways the heart of any library, and the Jersey City Free Public Library is no exception. At the Circulation Desk, patrons can check out, renew, and return materials, as well as get help locating books and finding referrals to other kinds of Library services and resources. In addition to helping patrons face-to-face, Lending Department staff also does a great deal of behind-the-scenes work to keep the Library running smoothly, such as shelving books, monitoring usage statistics, and tracking down overdue materials. In addition, Lending coordinates the Library’s Interlibrary Loan service (ILL), which allows Jersey City Free Public Library patrons to borrow items from other area libraries, and makes Jersey City Free Public Library materials available to patrons of other libraries as well.

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