1. The Bookmobile will be out of service on Wed., April 14 & Thurs., April 15. Bookmobile services will resume on Friday, April 16.
  2. Computer appointments at Earl Morgan Branch are temporarily suspended today, Thursday 4/15. Computer access will resume tomorrow, Friday 4/16.
  3. As of April 5, 2021, we will be launching a new version of our curbside pickup service. The last day to schedule a pickup using our current Spaces system is April 1. Read More
  4. The JCFPL is now operating on limited hours and services. Please visit our reopening page for more information and updates.
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Information Services Department
 

Location:
Main Library, 2nd Floor (Left Side)
Phone: (201) 547 - 4501

Contacts:
Department Supervisor: Ally Blumenfeld
Division Lead/Adults Services: Andrew Luck

 
News & Updates:
 
Take our Magazine Lending Survey! The Information Services Department is beginning the process of lending out back issues of our magazines to the public. Please let us know which magazines you are most interested in borrowing from the Library. If you have any questions, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you for your help!
 
 

About the Department:

“Google can bring you back, you know, a hundred thousand answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.” – Neil Gaiman

“Libraries are a cornerstone of democracy—where information is free and equally available to everyone.” – Dr. Carla Hayden

“[Libraries] are the only sheltered public spaces where you are not a consumer, but a citizen instead.” – Caitlin Moran

The Information Services Department, formerly known as General Reference, offers a welcoming, user-centered environment for all information seekers in our community.

Our goal is to help in your journey to knowledge, understanding, and empowerment. We work to ensure that our Reference collection is timely, accurate, and reliable, and to provide equitable access and service to all users both inside and outside of the Library.

Ask us anything! We are here to meet your information and research needs. Our Reference collection covers the widest possible range of subject interests and viewpoints, including areas of both historical and current concern. Reference sources are available in books, newspapers and other periodicals, microfiche/films, and online databases.

Visit the Virtual Reference Desk! JCFPL offers a wide range of online resources accessible from home, and library staff are available by phone or chat to assist patrons with reference and research questions.
 
Attend our virtual programs! Our Information Services Department staff also provides free, virtual programs covering a variety of topics, including programs for older adults, the LGBTQ community, and entrepreneurs. Visit our events calendar here. View recordings of past programs here, including a playlist of programs for entrepreneurs and job seekers.
 

 Department History:

On Monday, April 29, 2019, Jersey City Free Public Library held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the Grand Reopening of a critical facility in the Main Library: the Reference Department.

As the first major project of the third and final phase of the Main Library’s ongoing renovations, the Reference Department underwent a complete upgrade. The intricate plasterwork and ceiling details were carefully restored and repainted in beautiful blues, yellows and earthy reds. The department was completely refurnished with new shelving, new light fixtures were installed, and an electrical upgrade brings power supply directly to the restored original oak reading tables.

The reopening of the department ends a period of closure that began in September 2016. Work on the Reference Department was delayed in 2018 when asbestos was unexpectedly found in the floor of the room; after the additional asbestos abatement work was completed, the restoration of the interiors moved forward.

“The ongoing renovations of the Priscilla Gardner Main Library will ensure that this marvelous cultural and educational asset will continue to play a vital role in our community for another century to come,” said Library Director Priscilla Gardner. “We thank our patrons for their patience during construction and we invite everyone to come see and enjoy the beautifully restored Reference Department.”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was emceed by Reference Department Manager John Butler, with Library Director on hand to address the supporters in attendance, as well as Chief Librarian Hussein Odeh. Also addressing the attendees were Councilwoman Mira Prinz-Arey, Library Trustee Sonia Araujo, former Library Board President Sondra Buesing-Riley, former Library Trustee Dr. Vijaya Desai, and library patron Annie Kessler.

 

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Information Services

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