All library facilities are temporarily closed to the public. Our Digital Services are available during closure. For information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please call the 24/7 hotline for Jersey City residents: (201) 547-5208. More about COVID-19 can be found here.
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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 Priscilla Gardner Main Library, Branches & Bookmobile...

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  • Get Your Library Card Online +

    You can now apply for a library card online. Read More
  • Library Facilities Closed to the Public +

    All library facilities are temporarily closed to the public.
  • All Fines Suspended +

    All overdue fines are suspended. Due dates for all materials have been extended to June 1.
  • All Library Programs Suspended +

    All library events and group programs are suspended beginning Wednesday, March 11 until Wednesday, March 31.
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Digital Services Available!
Digital Services Available!

The Jersey City Free Public Library offers a range of digital services, including Virtual Reference live chat with a librarian, Homework Help, an extensive collection of digital media, online learning courses, databases for researchers, and more.

Our library services are available to students during school closures due to the impact of COVID-19.


All library events and group programs are suspended beginning Wednesday, March 11 until Wednesday, March 31.

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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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In addition to a wide selection of feature films, Kanopy provides access to the Great Courses and dozens of other educational and instructional videos.
Don’t miss a beat – get access to today’s newspapers and magazines from over 100 countries in over 60 languages.
Enjoy streaming media of all kinds: movies, music, ebooks, audiobooks, comics, and TV shows.
The JCFPL OverDrive Digital Library offers a wide variety of eBooks and Audiobooks that can be downloaded.
Skip the newsstand and browse the latest issues of high-quality digital magazines right on your device




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  • 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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