The Press Room



Shane Smith
Public Information Officer

Jersey City Free Public Library
472 Jersey Avenue
Jersey City, NJ  07302

Temporary Closure of Bonetti Children's Room and Literacy Department, 5/21-6/10

Library Director Priscilla Gardner has announced that two departments of the Main Library, Bonetti Children’s Room and Literacy, will be closed beginning Mon., May 21 to accommodate window replacements in those departments.

As part of ongoing renovations, windows throughout the Main Library have been undergoing updates; the aluminum windows are being replaced with historically-correct, energy-efficient wood.

As we announced previously, some departments of the Main Library are experiencing temporary closures on a rotating basis to accommodate the window replacements.  We anticipate Bonetti Children’s Room and the Literacy Department will reopen on Mon., Jun. 11.

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A Clean Slate - Library Offers Fine Amnesty Week, Nov. 13 -18

JERSEY CITY, N.J.: Nov. 1, 2017 –The Jersey City Free Public Library announces an upcoming Fine Amnesty Week, giving Library patrons with outstanding fines an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and restore their access to Library services and resources.

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Main Library Closed 3/1 – 3/11 Branch Libraries to Open Extended Hours During Closure


JERSEY CITY, N.J.   Feb. 20, 2018 – The Main Library will be closed beginning Thurs., Mar. 1 to complete asbestos abatement in the Reference Department, including air quality testing and cleaning. This is the final step to complete the asbestos abatement that was carried out in 2017. We anticipate the Main Library will reopen on Mon., Mar. 12.

Regional branch libraries will open for extended hours during the Main Library closure: please see the temporary system schedule below.

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Philippine Consul General Donates Books to Five Corners Branch Library

The Jersey City Free Public Library was honored to accept a donation of books from the Consul General of the Philippines, in a special ceremony at Five Corners Branch Library on Friday, October 20, 2017.

In honor of Filipino American History Month, which is observed in October each year, the Five Corners Branch Library partnered with the Consulate General of the Republic of the Philippines to expand the Library’s collection of books about the history and culture of the Philippines. Books by noted historian Ambeth Ocampo on the national hero José Rizal, as well as bilingual Filipino-English children’s books, were included in the donation.

Read more: Bridging Through Books