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Shane Smith
Public Information Officer

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

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.

Read more: Branch Libraries to Open Extended Hours During Closure

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.

Read more: Library Offers Fine Amnesty Week, Nov. 13 -18

JERSEY CITY, N.J.: Oct. 4, 2017 –The Jersey City Free Public Library announces the upcoming temporary closure of the 3rd Floor of the Main Library, in order to permit the operation of construction crews replacing the windows.

As part of Phase II of the Main Library’s ongoing renovations, the aluminum windows are being replaced with historically-correct, energy-efficient wooden windows. As the Library has previously announced, some departments will be closing temporarily on a rotating basis to accommodate the window replacements.

Read more: Third Floor of Main Library to Close Temporarily Ongoing Library Renovations Continue

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

JERSEY CITY, N.J.: Sep. 18, 2017 – The Director of the Jersey City Free Public Library, Priscilla Gardner, announced today that the Library will unveil a new permanent exhibit of City Icon Mayor/Senator Glenn D. Cunningham’s Personal Library and Memorabilia, to be housed on the third floor of the Main Library, 472 Jersey Avenue.

“This exhibit will attest to Cunningham’s lifelong history-making achievements,” said Gardner. The late Mayor and State Senator made history in 2001 by becoming the first and only African-American to be elected to the office of Jersey City Mayor.

The exhibit will feature not just that story, but also others, including Cunningham’s work as a United States Marshal, which he gave up to become the mayor of New Jersey’s second-largest city. Cunningham also led Jersey City through pure horror, as it became the lifeline to lower Manhattan for manpower and supplies following the September 11, 2001 destruction of the World Trade Center Towers.