Public access computers and charging stations are currently available on a limited basis at:
Gardner Main Library, Heights, Miller, Morgan, and West Bergen (Mon-Thurs 1 P.M. - 5 P.M., Fri-Sat 1 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.). No Saturday hours at West Bergen. We are offering this service in light of the power outages in the area. Due to social distancing restrictions, the number of patrons permitted in the buildings is limited and all patrons must wear masks, take their temperature and sign in.

The JCFPL is operating on limited hours & services beginning Monday, July 6, 2020. Please follow our phased reopening regarding curbside pickup and operating procedures. Please use this form to request books via curbside pickup. Free mobile printing is now available at select library locations.

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Shane Smith
Public Information Officer

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

Trick or treat! No, this isn’t a library Halloween trick… It’s a treat, especially for history buffs.

The New Jersey Room of the Jersey City Free Public Library received a special donation on Tuesday, October 22nd when five archival ledgers from the 19th century were donated by the Aceti family’s five siblings – Peter Jr., Harry, Robert, Jerome and Michael – who were all born and raised in Jersey City.

BACKGROUND: Jerome Aceti (grandfather of the five brothers) gave the five ledgers to his son, Peter Aceti Sr., at age 15 (65 years ago, in 1948, after World War II). Peter had no idea from where the books had come; only that his father was in construction, as a mason. Historically, books and other paper items were stored in walls as a rudimentary form of insulation prior to modern-day fiber glass insulation. The influx of soldiers coming home from the war produced many home-buyers, using the G.I. Bill for purchase. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that a mason working on these homes would find history in the walls as insulation.

Read more: History Hunters: Aceti Family of Jersey City Donates 5 Archival Ledgers from 19th Century

JERSEY CITY, N.J.   August 14, 2013 – Ah… Extending the Summer…always a child’s thought of relaxation and fun that continues into adulthood.

The Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation seeks to satisfy that child’s whim with a bit of its own whimsy… The Endless Summer, a fundraiser at P.J. Ryan’s, 292 Barrow Street in Downtown Jersey City, on Thursday evening, September 19, from 6 to 10 p.m.

Tickets are $20, inclusive of food, drinks and music. Please make checks payable to: Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation, Inc. Please send to: Priscilla Gardner, Executive Director, JCFPL Foundation, Inc., 472 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302. For further information, contact: (201) 547-4508, or e-mail, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Read more: Library Foundation Celebrates the “Endless Summer” with its September 19 Fundraiser

JERSEY CITY, N.J.   November 14, 2012 – Hurricane Sandy left her mark on the Main Library in Jersey City in the most lingering way: Receding waters in the basement left destruction in its wake amidst typical developing problems such as mold. Hence, the need for $1.4 million in repairs, according to Helena Ruman Associates, the architectural firm for the Jersey City Free Public Library.

To the rescue: The Bookmobile!

Starting tomorrow, Thursday, November 15th, the Bookmobile will be stationed in front of the Main Library (472 Jersey Avenue) for one hour each day, Monday through Friday, from 4 to 5 p.m.

Read more: Bookmobile to be In Front of Main Library for 1 Hour While Closed due to Storm Repairs

Next Library Board Meeting

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 5:30 p.m.

Glenn D. Cunningham Branch Library

275 Martin Luther King Drive

Jersey City, NJ 07305


Special Programs:

* Federal Documents, Main Library, 4th Floor, 472 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302, 201-547-4517 – For Adults: Osteoporosis vs. Osteoarthritis. / Presented by: The Arthritis Foundation, and Hoboken University Medical Center, Bayonne Medical Center, and Christ Hospital. / Please RSVP. Seating is limited. Light refreshments. / Tuesday, February 5 @ 1 p.m.

* Biblioteca Criolla, Main Library, 4th Floor, 472 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302, 201-547-4541 – Para Adultos: Fecha – Sábado, Febrero 23. Hora – 1 p.m. Documental sobre la labor de artistas que trabajan y viven en estudios de artistas ubicado en 111 First Street, Jersey City, NJ. Presenta por cineastas: BRANKO. / Introducido por Historiador Urbano David Goodwin, el autor de 111 Primero Calle: La Subida y la Muerte de una Comunidad de Artes

* Biblioteca Criolla, Main Library, 4th Floor, 472 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302, 201-547-4541 – For Adults: Date – Saturday, February 23. Time – 1 p.m. Documentary film on the work of the artists working and living in artists’ studios located at 111 First Street, Jersey City, NJ. Presented by filmmaker: BRANKO. / Introduced by Urban Historian David Goodwin, author of 111 First Street: The Rise and Death of an Arts Community

Read more: February 2013 at the Jersey City Free Public Library


Next Library Board Meeting

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 @ 5:30 p.m.

Miller Branch Library

489 Bergen Avenue

Jersey City, NJ 07304

All Programs @ Main Library Subject to its Re-Opening


Special Programs:

* Bonetti Children’s Room, Main Library, 1st Floor, 472 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302, 201-547-4519 – For Children & Families: Acoustic Guitars. / Featuring: Bob Albrecht & Sam Oliver. Come & enjoy a variety of children’s songs! / Presented by: Bonetti Children’s Room & the Community Awareness Series, a department of the Jersey City Free Public Library. / Tuesday, December 11 @ 4 p.m.

Read more: December 2012 at the Jersey City Free Public Library