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.
Located on the second floor of the Main Library, the Lending Department underwent extensive restoration of its fine architectural details in 2016, including the liberation of the gorgeous Italian Renaissance-style ceiling, which had been hidden by drop ceiling tiles. Brand-new bookstacks and flooring were also installed.
The Lending Department also houses the Library Gift Shop and William Wendell Razim Used Book Store, where patrons can find unique items for themselves or friends and family while supporting the Library.
The Main Library uses an automated system for circulating library materials. The old paper card catalog is now completely online, which means that patrons can access the entire Library collection 24/7 from anywhere with an internet connection. Click on the link to get started: https://jepl.sirsi.net/.
Remember - the Library Card is your key to borrowing Library materials and accessing Library services. Lending Department staff will be happy to help you obtain one, or you can find out more info online here: JCFPL Library Card.
Main Library, Second Floor (Right Side)
Phone: (201) 547 - 4526
Library Director: Priscilla Gardner - (201) 547-4788
Unit Head: Francina Stevens