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Shane Smith
Public Information Officer

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

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.: 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

JERSEY CITY, N.J.   Apr. 26, 2017 – Jersey City Free Public Library Director Priscilla Gardner announces the reopening of the Main Library, effective Monday, May 1, 2017.

The Main Library will resume its regular operating schedule: 9 A.M. to 8 P.M. Mondays through Thursdays, and 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Saturdays, with the following departments open to the public: Lending, New Jersey Room, Bonetti Children’s Room, Biblioteca Criolla, and Literacy. The Reference Department and Federal Documents Department will remain closed as those areas continue to undergo renovations.

On Thurs., May 18, 2017, the Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation will celebrate the progress made on the ongoing renovations, and raise funds to support continued work, at the Black & White Ball Fundraiser and Silent Auction.

And on May 1 at 6 P.M., Biblioteca Criolla at the Main Library will celebrate the reopening of the building with an evening of conversation and music, featuring Tim Lawrence, author of Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-1983, and local DJ Wyse Rodriguez of Soulful Cypher. “We thank everyone for their patience as we continue the renovation process,” said Library Director Priscilla Gardner. “The Main Library building is over 100 years old and an architectural treasure. We take our responsibility very seriously as stewards not only of the building, but the collections within it.”


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.


JERSEY CITY, N.J.   Nov. 15, 2016 – The Jersey City Free Public Library regrets that the Bookmobile will be off the road tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, due to problems with the generator.

The mobile branch will be in for the diagnostics and repairs, and is expected to be back on the road on Monday, Nov. 21.

Read more: Bookmobile Off-Road from Wed. through Fri.