On Tuesday, April 30, 2019, the Jersey City Free Public Library held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the Grand Reopening of a critical facility on the West Side: the West Bergen Branch Library.
The West Bergen Branch Library, formerly located at 476 West Side Avenue, was closed in August of last year after a series of facility issues that were not addressed by the property owner made the location unsafe for patrons and staff. With the support of Ward B Councilwoman Mira Prinz-Arey and Hudson County Freeholder Bill O’Dea, a new location was identified in the neighborhood at 546 West Side Avenue. The new West Bergen Branch Library is housed on the ground floor of a newly constructed building on the corner of West Side and Lexington Avenues. During the branch closure, patrons were provided with free shuttle bus service to the Miller and Morgan Branches.
“Closing the West Bergen Branch left a major gap in our services for the residents of this neighborhood,” said Gardner. “We are thrilled that we have been able to secure and move to a brand-new location in such a short time frame, and we are grateful for the support of Mayor Fulop and Councilwoman Prinz-Arey in this major undertaking.”
Community members and well-wishers packed the new branch for the opening, which was emceed by West Bergen Branch Manager Beatriz Urrutia and included remarks from Library Director Priscilla Gardner and Chief Librarian Hussein Odeh. Among those addressing the supporters were Mayor Steven Fulop, Ward B Councilwoman Prinz-Arey, Councilwoman at Large Joyce Watterman, Council President Rolando Lavarro, Freeholder Bill O'Dea, and Library Trustee Sonia Araujo. Regular patrons of the West Bergen Branch, as well as the developers of the new building also spoke.
Please come visit West Bergen in its inviting new home! We are delighted with the new location and eager to serve the community again.