1. The JCFPL is now operating on limited hours and services. Please visit our reopening page for more information and updates.



Shane Smith
Public Information Officer

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

With ‘Back to School’ preparations competing with end-of-summer activities, one of the best things a child living in Jersey City can do to be ready for school in September is to have a Jersey City library card.

Already have one? Doesn’t matter, since you have to be able to put your hand on it! Even if you know where your Jersey City library card is, do you have fines to be paid? It’s hard to borrow on your library card when you owe $10 or more.

If your child doesn’t have a Jersey City library card, no problem! The Jersey City Free Public Library is open 24/7 through our website, www.jclibrary.org. Just scroll down the library website homepage to find the bright yellow Jersey City library card, and underneath is the link, Get a JCFPL Library Card. Here’s the actual link: http://www.jclibrary.org/resources/jcfpl-library-card

In 2002, Priscilla Gardner assumed the helm as library director, and discovered there were only 40,000 valid library card members of the Jersey City Free Public Library. That October, Director Gardner launched a Library Card Campaign to sign up 100,000 new members. That goal was achieved on February 15, 2005. The top six areas of the library system were lauded with two plaques on March 30, 2005, commemorating this effort: Top Three (overall) – Main Library, Lending (21,740), and the Five Corners (17,749) and Heights (11,625) branch libraries. Top Three (neighborhood branches) – Marion (4,040), West Bergen (3,995) and Lafayette (3,921) branches.

Read more: ‘Back to School’ Readiness Means: Does Your Child Have a Valid Jersey City Library Card?

JERSEY CITY, N.J.   May 20, 2014 – “Everybody wants to get into the act!”

That favorite line from vaudeville comedian Jimmy Durante is exactly what the Jersey City Free Public Library wants the public to do.

How? By going to the Library homepage, www.jclibrary.org, scroll down to the web link to the Library’s page on GoFundMe.com, where you can help contribute to the ongoing major fundraising appeal by the Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation, Inc. on behalf of the proposed renovations to the Main Library for disabled accessibility and to provide the museum-quality, climate-controlled stacks necessary to store and preserve the New Jersey Room's priceless historic documents and maps.

Read more: Fundraising for Main Library Renovations Goes Crowdfunding with GoFundMe.com

Jersey City-Native & Former NBA Basketball Player

Luther Wright

to Speak at Miller Branch’s 12th Annual Black History Month Program


JERSEY CITY, N.J.   January 24, 2014 – Former NBA player and now motivational speaker Luther Wright expects to spellbind his audience at the Miller Branch Adults/Young Adults Programming that will present the 12th annual Black History Month celebration at the Miller Branch Library, 489 Bergen Avenue, on Wednesday, February 26, at 5:30 p.m.

Luther Wright’s speaking topic will be “Life Is About Choices.”

Read more: Former NBA Basketball Player Luther Wright

7th Annual Book Festival to be held at Grove Street Plaza on Sunday, September 21st

Thank you for the wonderful response to the
JCFPL “Tales of Our Cities” book festival.

All entries have been received.
The deadline has passed, and application is closed.

Please join us on Sunday, Sept 21, 2014
Grove Street Plaza, Downtown Jersey City, NJ
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. / Rain or Shine!

The application deadline for all participants – authors, vendors, sponsors and performers – is Monday, July 21, 2014.

JERSEY CITY, N.J.   April 25, 2014 – The Jersey City Free Public Library is now scouting for book authors, poets, spoken word artists, musicians, performers, vendors, publishers and sponsors for its annual book festival, Tales of Our Cities, which will be held on Sunday, September 21st, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in a new venue – Grove Street Plaza – in the heart of Downtown Jersey City.

Presented in conjunction with the Jersey City Division of Cultural Affairs, and now in its seventh year, Tales of Our Cities 2014 has captured the hearts of local and regional writers and performers as a place that welcomes talent. The change of venue brings in the opportunity of engaging the surrounding local eateries and Jersey City’s two book stores, Tachair and Word, while giving the public easy transportation access.

Read more: Looking for Fresh Talent to Present & Perform at Tales of Our Cities 2014

Coming to 3 Library Branches:

reg e gaines

Jersey City-Native & Tony Award-Winning Author of

“Bring in da Noise/Bring in da Funk”


JERSEY CITY, N.J.   January 23, 2014 – Quick! You have three tries to get it right!

On February 14, 19 & 22, the Jersey City Free Public Library will shine from the light from its native son, reg e gaines, who will perform at the Lafayette, Miller and Greenville branches, respectively, in celebration of Black History Month.

Reg e gaines, best known for his Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Bring in da Noise/Bring in da Funk, has been performing in various programs his entire career, including poetry/ theater performances and workshops, guest speaking events, and public readings. Gaines is well qualified in the spoken word and stage arts. His peers have awarded him with accolades reserved for the finest of performers and writers. His list of achievements includes being a two-time Tony Award/ Grammy Award nominee, yet reg e gaines’ most laudable achievement is that he is in his absolute element when working with people. He has designed and facilitated programs, commanded the stage with an electric presence, and engaged both staff and patrons alike with an improvisational ability that had people asking about him for months afterward. Reg e gaines is a truly dynamic performer capable of taking the reins and driving the show. He speaks with authority about the arts in a non-performing context, with a commitment to the arts, service, and the cultivation of creativity. Gaines is a strong supporter of public libraries (in his hometown, Jersey City, and his current hometown, San Diego) and is utterly enthusiastic about working with the community in an effort to bring the arts into focus, especially in regards to young people.

Read more: Celebrate Black History Month!!!

Next Library Board Meeting


Tuesday, March 11, 2014 @ 5:30 p.m.

Miller Branch Library

489 Bergen Avenue

Jersey City, NJ 07304

Special Programs:

* Federal Documents, Main Library, 4th Floor, 472 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302, 201-547-4517 – For Adults:

Financial Literacy – Your Money, Your Future! It Make$ Cents! / Presented by: Federal Documents Department & Popular Community Bank. / TOPICS: * Checking & Savings Accounts * Personal Loans * Credit Cards * Money Market & Investments * Much more! / Seating is limited. Please RSVP. Light refreshments. / Wednesday, March 19 @ 1 p.m.

* Five Corners, 678 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07305, 201-547-4543 – For Lovers of Polynesian Culture:

T.A.B.U. The All Boro Ukuleles, performing Island-style Tropical Music / Featuring: Makalina Abalos. / Presented by: Five Corners Branch Library & the Community Awareness Series, a department of the Jersey City Free Public Library. / FREE. / Saturday, March 15 @ 1 p.m.

* Heights, 14 Zabriskie Street, Jersey City, NJ 07307, 201-547-4556 – For Adults: College Education Funding. /
Find out about: * The cost & value of attending college * Grant & loan options * Education funding options / Presented by: Amish Kapadia & Charrisee LouAllen, New York Life Insurance Company. / Thursday, March 27 @ 6 p.m.