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  • Five Corners Branch

    Five Corners Branch

    Now one of the regional branch libraries within the Jersey City Free Public Library system, the Five Corners Branch has been in existence since 1924. Read More
  • Greenville Branch

    Greenville Branch

    The current Greenville Branch Library, opened in 1927, sits on the southwest corner of then-called Hudson Boulevard and Stevens Avenue. Read More
  • Miller Branch

    Miller Branch

    First known as the Bergen Branch of the Free Public Library of Jersey City, the Miller Branch was opened to the public on January 14, 1914 in a rented building at 543-545 Jackson Avenue. Read More
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  • Elected and Public Officials, plus Celebrities holding Jersey City Library Cards
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  • The Jersey Journal Historical Archive provides unprecedented access to Jersey City’s history through the lens of our local daily newspaper, The Jersey Journal. Your Library Card is the key to the full contents of the newspaper,
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  • Summer 2017 Schedule (Monday, June 19 - Saturday, September 2, 2017)
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  • The JCFPL now carries Hotspots. Please visit your local library branch to borrow a T-Mobile HotSpot.
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  • It was a grand homecoming for native son Kevin Powell, who headlined the Jersey City library’s eighth annual book festival, Tales of Our Cities 2016, whose life reflects an intellectual and emotional triumph over abject poverty,
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  • Help renovate the century-plus historic Main Library in Jersey City, NJ.
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  • The Main Library in Jersey City, New Jersey, is an architectural masterpiece in the Italian Renaissance tradition from the New York firm of Brite and Bacon, with its cornerstone laid in 1899, and its grand opening
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  • Dial-A-Story offers bedtime pre-recorded stories for children, in English and in Spanish.
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Upcoming Events

21 Aug 2017
Book Club
21 Aug 2017
Movie (chidlren)
22 Aug 2017
Family Movie Night
23 Aug 2017
Chicks with Sticks
23 Aug 2017
Crochet and Knitting
24 Aug 2017
Movie (adults)

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  • Biblioteca Criolla
  • Children's Room
  • Federal Documents
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Free wireless access is available at all Jersey City Free Public Library locations to all library patrons who are currently in good standing. Library patrons whose status is: Delinquent, Blocked or Barred will not be able to use the WiFi at our locations.

Wireless Internet access is provided to the public as a service free of charge on an “as is” basis with no guarantee and no warranty for your laptops throughout the library.

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Do you wonder about your library renewals, or have reference questions or other inquiries, and you need an answer from the Library fast? Text us at (201) 579-0694, and you’ll get what you need (or, at least, we’ll lead you to where you can find your ultimate answer).

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Since 1972, Biblioteca Criolla at the Jersey City Free Public Library has been New Jersey’s largest public library collection dedicated exclusively to Spanish-language works, and to presenting Latino culture from all Spanish-speaking nationalities. In addition to maintaining an extensive, up-to-date collection of original and translated works in Spanish, Biblioteca Criolla provides the community with a wide variety of cultural and educational programming, including art workshops, author readings, musical performances, Spanish-language preschool story hours, and more.

Since 2010, Biblioteca Criolla has been housed on the fourth floor of the Main Library, in a light-filled space with expansive clerestory windows that create a skylight effect. The space contains the circulating and reference collections, an art gallery, computers available for patron use, children and adult reading areas, as well as tables for quiet reading and work that can also be moved to accommodate Biblioteca Criolla’s many public events.

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Although young Vincenzo passed away in January 2001 at the age of two, the legacy he left belied his tender years. In recognition of Vincenzo’s life and the love he shared, then-Mayor Glenn D. Cunningham renamed the Children’s Room at the Main Library in his honor on April 18, 2002 as the Vincenzo Domenico Bonetti II Room.

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 The Jersey City Free Public Library has been a Congressionally-designated depository for U.S. Government documents since the Library’s inception. As one of the 1,250 depositories in the country, it offers a wealth of information – both historical and current – from the U.S. Government Publishing Office.

As a selective depository, Jersey City Free Public Library selects and receives publications from numerous federal agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Defense, and many others. Our holdings include books, pamphlets, microfiche, CDs, and electronic resources.

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The Lending Department is in many ways the heart of any library, and the Jersey City Free Public Library is no exception. At the Circulation Desk, patrons can check out, renew, and return materials, as well as get help locating books and finding referrals to other kinds of Library services and resources. In addition to helping patrons face-to-face, Lending Department staff also does a great deal of behind-the-scenes work to keep the Library running smoothly, such as shelving books, monitoring usage statistics, and tracking down overdue materials. In addition, Lending coordinates the Library’s Interlibrary Loan service (ILL), which allows Jersey City Free Public Library patrons to borrow items from other area libraries, and makes Jersey City Free Public Library materials available to patrons of other libraries as well.

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The Jersey City Library Literacy Program provides literacy instruction for Hudson County residents aged 18 and up. Literacy Program students range from non-readers to fifth-grade-level readers. Some speak English, others do not; some are learning basic arithmetic and others are getting ready to take the TASC (formerly known as the GED Test). The program offers tutoring in Basic Literacy, English as a Second Language (ESL), Citizenship Preparation, and Math. Reading Horizons, a computerized phonics program based on the Orton-Gillingham method, is available for Basic Literacy and ESL students at the Main Library and some Branch Libraries.

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The New Jersey Room is a collection of materials about New Jersey with an emphasis on Jersey City and Hudson County. The collection, numbering about 20,000 volumes, includes both current and historical information. In addition to books, the New Jersey Room has a complete collection of all published Jersey City/Hoboken city directories dating from 1849 to 1925; an index for the Jersey Journal for the years 1912-1954 and 1969 to the present, a picture collection of over 13,000 images; hundreds of historic and contemporary maps; over 150 periodicals; manuscript collections; and several thousand topical files.

While the New Jersey Room is the main resource of information on the history of Jersey City, many of our patrons come in search of information on local real estate, development, and business information. These collections are continually growing, as the economic climate of the city is constantly changing.

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The General Reference Department includes materials that cover 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.

The Reference Department is currently closed while the Main Library undergoes extensive renovations. The Library’s wide range of online resources remains available during this time, and Reference librarians are available by phone to assist patrons with reference inquiries and questions.

If you have any questions about accessing Reference collections or resources, please contact John Butler at 201-547-4553 or Patricia Mulligan at 201-547-4543.

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