Main Library, 2nd Floor (Left Side)
Phone: (201) 547 - 4501
Department Supervisor: Ally Blumenfeld
Division Lead/Adults Services: Andrew Luck
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.
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.