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

JERSEY CITY, N.J.   October 23, 2012 – The parking lot at the Five Corners Branch Library, 678 Newark Avenue in Jersey City, will be closed for use tomorrow, Wednesday, October 24, 2012, for a 12-hour period, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., due to construction work by PSE&G.

Consequently, the Bookmobile of the Jersey City Free Public Library will be off-road on Wednesday, October 24th. For extra measure, the Five Corners Branch Library will be closed, as well.

PSE&G has been upgrading its North East Grid in the Five Corners area for the last couple of weeks, and now, the transformer will be replaced. Oddly enough, the transformer is located underneath the parking lot of the Five Corners Branch Library.

Read more: Five Corners Branch Library Closed Due to PSE&G Construction

Pavonia Branch Closed Until Further Notice:  Flooding Affects Electricity

JERSEY CITY, N.J.   October 17, 2012 – The Pavonia Branch Library, 326 Eighth Street, of the Jersey City Free Public Library will be closed until further notice, due to flooding and water damage caused by the tenant above the Pavonia Branch. Electricity has been compromised and thus, has rendered computer usage inoperable.

Library administration is investigating the source and extent of the damage.

“We are disheartened about the need to close one of our branches, knowing how much Pavonia patrons enjoy their local branch. Please know we are working on getting the branch opened as soon as possible,” said Library Director Priscilla Gardner.

Read more: Pavonia Branch Closed Until Further Notice

Next Library Board Meeting

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 @ 5:30 p.m.

Five Corners Branch Library

678 Newark Avenue

Jersey City, NJ 07306


Special Programs:

* Federal Documents, Main Library, 472 Jersey Avenue, 4th Floor, Jersey City, NJ 07302, 201-547-4517 – For Adults: What is Heart Failure? / Presented by: Jersey City Free Public Library, in conjunction with Bayonne Medical Center, Norma Jean-Francois, APN. / Heart Failure facts: * Heart failure occurs when the heart cannot pump enough blood and oxygen to support other organs. Heart failure is a serious condition, but it does not mean that the heart has stopped. * Around 5.8 million people in the United States have heart failure. About 670,000 people are diagnosed with it each year. * The most common causes of heart failure are coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. / Wednesday, October 10 @ 1 p.m. / Seating is limited. Please RSVP. Light refreshments.

Read more: October 2012 at the JCFPL

JERSEY CITY, N.J.   October 10, 2012 – Like that character ‘Mayhem’ in a recent insurance company television commercial, life has a way of leaving devastation in its wake. These are times when a lawyer comes in handy.

The Jersey City Free Public Library will offer legal information for free through seven monthly workshops, one held at each of the five regional branches, capped at either end with two workshops at the Main Library, given by lawyers from the law firm of Omojola & Associates, P.C.

Omojola & Associates, PC, is a New Jersey general practice law firm, looking to reach out to the community. Its principal attorney, Aderemilekun A. Omojola, is a former Jersey City resident who attended New Jersey City University and Seton Hall Law School. The firm has over 43 years of combined experience, with a team of attorneys eager to give the community the benefit of its legal knowledge by hosting free law workshops open to the public. All workshops are held from 5 to 7 p.m., with refreshments afterward.

Read more: Free Law Workshops Offered Monthly at Library, Starting October 24

JERSEY CITY, N.J.   August 29, 2012 – Writers Who Perform, the theme of A Tale of Our City 2012, Jersey City’s annual book festival, brings an exciting assortment of authors ready to (literally) rock your world!

The two Jersey City-based writers – known for their polished performances – will give a lively finish: spoken word artist Dujuana Sharese and singer/songwriter Debra Devi, lead in the rock band Devi and author of The Language of the Blues: From Alcorub to Zuzu, at the 5th annual book festival, A Tale of Our City on Saturday, September 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Victorian, historic Van Vorst Park, Jersey City, N.J.

A Tale of Our City is presented annually by Jersey City government: Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy and the Municipal Council, the Jersey City Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Jersey City Free Public Library.

Read more: A Tale of Our City – Jersey City’s Annual Book Festival – Celebrates 5 Years with Expanded Program

Jersey City Artist’s Studio Tour, Saturday, October 13 @ 2 PM:

For the Backstory on 111 First Street – NJ Room

JERSEY CITY, N.J.   October 2, 2012 – Calling all local arts aficionados! The New Jersey Room at the Main Library, 472 Jersey Avenue, 3rd Floor, is the place to be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, the first day of the 2012 Jersey City Artist’s Studio Arts tour, when urban historian David Goodwin will be presenting, Enter the Artists: The Early Years of 111 First Street.

In the late 1980s, a community of artists began gathering in a former tobacco factory and warehouse at 111 First Street and provided a spark to ignite the arts and culture scene in Jersey City. Unfortunately, the artists of 111 First Street were forced from the building in 2005 after a long, bitter struggle involving the building’s ownership as well as the city. This discussion introduces the tangled story of 111 First Street as a studio building and a cultural community and presents a history of the building and its residents from the 1980s through the 1990s, when the arts emerged as a pivotal force in a renascent Jersey City.  [Synopsis by John Beekman, assistant manager, New Jersey Room]

Read more: Jersey's Citys Artist's Studio Tour