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Our Purpose:

The Purpose and Commitments initiative represents our unwavering commitment to continuous improvement and serving the evolving needs of our Jersey City community. At the heart of our purpose lies the belief that libraries are more than just buildings filled with books—they are dynamic centers of learning, connection, and growth.

Our Purpose is to put our Community First.

Our Commitments are to provide Welcoming Spaces, Lifelong Learning, Community Well-Being, and an Effective Accountable Organization in order to meet our community’s needs.

Community First

Libraries are the heart of communities everywhere. The reason the Jersey City Free Public Library exists is to serve the community, and we always put our Community First. Whether you’re a longtime cardholder, new to Jersey City and looking for resources, or use the Library for digital downloads and streaming media, you are part of our community – and we’re here for you.

Welcoming Spaces

Libraries are for everyone. Jersey City is one of the most diverse communities in the nation, and we pride ourselves on making library spaces welcoming to all. JCFPL offers safe and comfortable spaces for reading, work and collaboration, as well as engaging programs for all.

Lifelong Learning

Libraries are an essential part of the community’s lifelong learning journey. In addition to a collection of more than 2 million items and dozens of digital resources for all ages, JCFPL offers literacy programs for young children, families, and adults, as well as High School Equivalency and U.S. Citizenship test prep.

Community Well-Being

Libraries contribute to the well-being of their communities. JCFPL offers access to a wide range of health and wellness information, as well as programs that cover themes from fitness to financial literacy. Plus, our full-time onsite social worker helps patrons navigate and obtain local resources.

Effective Accountable Organization

Libraries are publicly funded institutions. JCFPL is committed to being a conscientious steward of public resources by making sure our operations, and our budget, are directed first and foremost to supporting our mission of serving the community.

See the Impact!

Our efforts in the Purpose and Commitments initiative are already bearing fruit:

  • We’ve witnessed an impressive 11.85% increase in library card sign-ups from January to June 2023, compared to the same period in 2022.
  • Our book checkout rates have soared with a remarkable 22.60% increase from January to June 2023, as compared to 2022.

See What Else We Are Doing…

The Pop-up Library

The Jersey City Free Public Library proudly presents the Pop-Up Library! With the support of the Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation, residents and visitors of Jersey City can now enjoy free e-books and audiobooks right on their smartphones.

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JCFPL’s Commitment to Digital Equity

At the Jersey City Free Public Library (JCFPL), we promote digital equity for all. We offer WiFi, public computers, and learning programs, bridging the digital gap and empowering the community to thrive in a digital world.

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Library Events Calendar

Discover a world of activities and programs at the Jersey City Free Public Library! Explore our events calendar to stay updated on workshops, reading sessions, and more for residents and visitors alike.

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The Learning Center will be closed from Wednesday, May 29 through Friday, May 31. Thank you for your understanding.

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo desde JCFPL! Celebrate with us and explore our Spanish-language collections at Biblioteca Criolla.

Due to unexpected circumstances, the Marion Branch Library will temporarily close Today, 6/4/2024, from 12:00pm-1:00pm. The Marion Branch will reopen at 1:00pm.

Bookmobile Services Temporarily Unavailable from May 8th to May 10th. We apologize for the inconvenience caused.

The Five Corners Library will open at 11am on Wednesday, June 12th. We apologize for any inconvenience caused and appreciate your understanding.

All Library Locations Will Be Closed on Friday, April 19, for Staff Development. The Library Will Open for Services on Saturday, April 20. We Apologize for Any Inconvenience.

Today for Hudson Gives, there will be a $5k match minute at 2:01 p.m. and later at 5:51 p.m.. All giving will end at 11:59PM on May 17th.

Please note that the Bonetti Department will be closed from 3 to 6 p.m. on Monday, June 17, 2024, for the SLP Kickoff Party ,which will take place in the Fourth Floor Multipurpose Room. Thank you for your understanding.

The Priscilla Gardner Main Library will open at 12:00 pm on 05/24/2024 due to a delayed opening.

The Pavonia Branch will open at 12:00 pm on 05/28/2024 due to a delayed opening.

The Five Corners Branch will open at 12:00 pm on 05/30/2024 due to a delayed opening.

The West Bergen Branch will open at 12:00 pm on 06/05/2024 due to a delayed opening.

The Cunningham Branch will open at 12:00 pm on 06/06/2024 due to a delayed opening.

The Morgan Branch will open at 12:00 pm on 06/13/2024 due to a delayed opening.

The Miller Branch will open at 12:00 pm on 06/18/2024 due to a delayed opening.

The Marion Branch will open at 12:00 pm on 06/20/2024 due to a delayed opening.

The Heights Branch will open at 12:00 pm on 06/21/2024 due to a delayed opening.

In observance of Memorial Day, all branches of the library will be closed on Monday, May 27th, 2024. The library will be open for service on Tuesday, May 28th, 2024. Thank you for your understanding.

West Bergen Branch Is Temporarily Closed Today 5/23/2024 due to flooding. We Anticipate Reopening on or Before Fri., May 24.

Please be advised that Priscilla Gardner Main Library will be closing at 5pm today, April 11th, 2024.

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