Wondering about the real story of the famous Green Book? The Earl A. Morgan branch will host a screening of the documentary The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, followed by a conversation with the film's acclaimed director Yoruba Richen, hosted by Black Wall Street Jersey City.
Wondering about the real story of the famous Green Book? The Earl A. Morgan branch will host a screening of the documentary The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, followed by a conversation with the film's acclaimed director Yoruba Richen, hosted by Black Wall Street Jersey City.
A Hoopla Christmas!
Get in the Holiday Spirit with holiday music, movies and more...
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#eBooks ForAll
#eBooks ForAll

Beginning November 1, 2019, Macmillan Publishers allows libraries—no matter the size of their city or town—to purchase only one copy of each new eBook title for the first eight weeks after a book’s release.

We must have #eBooksforAll!

The American Library Association and libraries across the country ask you to oppose Macmillan’s embargo and amplify our message by signing this petition.

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#eBooks ForAll
#eBooks ForAll

Beginning November 1, 2019, Macmillan Publishers allows libraries—no matter the size of their city or town—to purchase only one copy of each new eBook title for the first eight weeks after a book’s release.

Beginning November 1, 2019, Macmillan Publishers allows libraries—no matter the size of their city or town—to purchase only one copy of each new eBook title for the first eight weeks after a book’s release.

We must have #eBooksforAll!

The American Library Association and libraries across the country ask you to oppose Macmillan’s embargo and amplify our message by signing this petition.

We must have #eBooksforAll!

The American Library Association and libraries across the country ask you to oppose Macmillan’s embargo and amplify our message by signing this petition.

15th Annual Foundation Fundraiser
Masquerade Ball & Last Dance

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Time: 6:00PM – 10:00 P.M.
Location: Harborside Atrium
210 Hudson Street, Jersey City, NJ

Did you know that when you shop for the holidays at smile.amazon.com/ch/54-2085171, AmazonSmile donates to Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation Inc?

Did you know that when you shop for the holidays at smile.amazon.com/ch/54-2085171, AmazonSmile donates to Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation Inc?

Did you know that when you shop for the holidays at smile.amazon.com/ch/54-2085171, AmazonSmile donates to Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation Inc?

Did you know that when you shop for the holidays at smile.amazon.com/ch/54-2085171, AmazonSmile donates to Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation Inc?

Did you know that when you shop for the holidays at smile.amazon.com/ch/54-2085171, AmazonSmile donates to Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation Inc?
Stay Up to Date with the Priscilla Gardner Main Library Renovations
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Jersey City’s Priscilla Gardner 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 Priscilla Gardner 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...

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LIBRARY NEWS

  • Holiday Closures

    All library locations will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019 & Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019 in observance of Christmas. All locations will also be closed Tuesday, Dec. 31 & Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 in observance of New Year's.

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  • Experienced Urban Library Leader Brings Nationwide Track Record of Success to Jersey City

    The Jersey City Free Public Library is proud to announce the appointment of Jeffrey Trzeciak as Library Director, effective November 18, 2019.

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  • Priscilla Gardner Main Library Barrier-Free Access

    Please note that the wheelchair lift is designed for use by wheelchairs only. Patrons using other mobility devices or bringing strollers, please see Security staff at the main doors for assistance. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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FEATURED PROGRAMS

Holiday Toy Giveaway
Holiday Toy Giveaway

Dominican Parade & Latin Festival of Jersey City - Holiday Toy Giveaway.

Winter Whimsy
Winter Whimsy
Winter Whimsy

A Holiday Magic Program for Children & Families ft. Francis Menotti & Lindsey Noel.

Fall Preschool Story Hours
Fall Preschool Story Hours
Fall Preschool Story Hours

Story hours will be held at each of our library locations. Children 8 years and under must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver at all times. For times and dates, please download the story hour schedule.

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RESEARCH & EXPLORE

Check the status of your library account, renew materials, or pay fines 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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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
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...

Fall - Winter Schedule

Download the Fall - Winter 2019 - 2020 Schedule...

Jersey Journal Historical Archive
Jersey Journal Historical Archive

The Jersey Journal Historical Archive provides unprecedented access to Jersey City’s history...

ABC Mouse

From Age of Learning, Inc., the award-winning ABCmouse.com curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2 - 6+)...

Hotspots

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

Fall Preschool Story Hours

Story hours will be held at each of our library locations. Please check our schedule for story time hours.

Rosetta Stone

Learn a foreign language. Discover the Rosetta Stone difference this season with our award-winning software.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

09 Dec 2019
10:00AM -
Toddler Time
09 Dec 2019
03:30PM -
Read to Ella
09 Dec 2019
05:45PM -
Heneral Luna
10 Dec 2019
Computer Classes
11 Dec 2019
Movie (Adults)

LIBRARY SERVICES

  • Library Card
  • Literacy
  • Free WiFi
  • Ask a Librarian
  • Text Us
  • Dial-A-Story

For borrowing books and for accessing the electronic resources available through this website on home computers, library patrons now use a yellow and blue, bar-coded library card, sized like a credit card. All library cards will begin with the numbers 27954. You can obtain a card at the Priscilla Gardner Main Library at 472 Jersey Avenue or at any of our branches.

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The Jersey City Library Literacy Program provides literacy instruction for Hudson County residents aged 18 and up. Literacy Program students range from non-readers to fifth-grade-level readers. Some speak English, others do not; some are learning basic arithmetic and others are getting ready to take the TASC (formerly known as the GED Test). The program offers tutoring in Basic Literacy, English as a Second Language (ESL), Citizenship Preparation, and Math. Reading Horizons, a computerized phonics program based on the Orton-Gillingham method, is available for Basic Literacy and ESL students at the Main Library and some Branch Libraries.

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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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Dial-A-Story features pre-recorded stories for children in English and Spanish. To hear a story, call anytime: (201) 547-4604. 

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