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Shane Smith
Public Information Officer

Jersey City Free Public Library
472 Jersey Avenue
Jersey City, NJ  07302

JERSEY CITY, N.J.   Apr. 26, 2017 – Jersey City Free Public Library Director Priscilla Gardner announces the reopening of the Main Library, effective Monday, May 1, 2017.

The Main Library will resume its regular operating schedule: 9 A.M. to 8 P.M. Mondays through Thursdays, and 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Saturdays, with the following departments open to the public: Lending, New Jersey Room, Bonetti Children’s Room, Biblioteca Criolla, and Literacy. The Reference Department and Federal Documents Department will remain closed as those areas continue to undergo renovations.

On Thurs., May 18, 2017, the Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation will celebrate the progress made on the ongoing renovations, and raise funds to support continued work, at the Black & White Ball Fundraiser and Silent Auction.

And on May 1 at 6 P.M., Biblioteca Criolla at the Main Library will celebrate the reopening of the building with an evening of conversation and music, featuring Tim Lawrence, author of Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-1983, and local DJ Wyse Rodriguez of Soulful Cypher. “We thank everyone for their patience as we continue the renovation process,” said Library Director Priscilla Gardner. “The Main Library building is over 100 years old and an architectural treasure. We take our responsibility very seriously as stewards not only of the building, but the collections within it.”

“We recognize that Library closures can be inconvenient to our patrons, so we have planned the renovation in phases in order to maximize the amount of time that we can keep the building open during construction,” Gardner added. “We are looking forward to reopening to the public on May 1 as scheduled.”

As part of Phase II of the ongoing renovations, the Main Library underwent continued asbestos abatement while the building was closed temporarily from February to April 2017. Also in Phase II, the aluminum windows will be replaced with historically-correct, energy-efficient wooden windows. Scaffolding has been erected and work on the windows is set to get underway.

Phase I, which was completed in 2016, included: the restoration of the exquisite architectural details in the Lending Department; a new elevator; barrier-free access to the Main Library entrance and renovated restrooms; and a new basement sprinkler system.

“The ongoing renovations of the 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 Gardner. “We invite everyone who can to join us in celebrating the progress we have made at the upcoming annual Foundation Fundraiser.”


JERSEY CITY, N.J.   Nov. 15, 2016 – The Jersey City Free Public Library regrets that the Bookmobile will be off the road tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, due to problems with the generator.

The mobile branch will be in for the diagnostics and repairs, and is expected to be back on the road on Monday, Nov. 21.

Read more: Bookmobile Off-Road from Wed. through Fri.

JERSEY CITY, N.J.   Oct. 21, 2016 – There’s nothing as exciting as jumping in with all fours, immersing yourself in the world of an author’s creation.

The Jersey City Free Public Library is proud to present author Tim Murphy, who will read and participate in a Q&A discussion from his new novel, CHRISTODORA, on Monday evening, Dec. 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library in Jersey City, N.J. (472 Jersey Avenue, 4th floor) and held in Biblioteca Criolla. Elevator service is provided.

Read more: Meet Tim Murphy, Author of CHRISTODORA, on Monday, Dec. 5, at Biblioteca Criolla in Jersey City’s...

JERSEY CITY, N.J.   Nov. 9, 2016 – The Pavonia Branch of the Jersey City Free Public Library, located at 326 Eighth Street, will be closed until 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, according to the Premier Management Associates, manager of the Wells Fargo building, which houses the branch.

As per the statement by Greta McKenney of Premier Management, “The water to the building will be shut down on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The shutdown will affect both hot and cold water in the building.

“Muccia Plumbing will be installing a shut off valve in one of the units.

Read more: Pavonia Branch Closes This Morning, Today, 11/9, for Water Shut-Off & Will Reopen at 2 p.m.

Bookmobile Expected to be Off-Road All Week

JERSEY CITY, N.J.   March 21, 2016 – The Jersey City Free Public Library announced this week that the Bookmobile is now off the road, starting today, Monday, March 21, and will remain off-road the remainder of the week, due to repairs to the generator.

Library patrons can bring back any materials to all nine branches. Anyone who had borrowed library materials from the Bookmobile, including when it was parked in front of the Main Library (due to its closure for renovations), will need to go to a local branch library.

If you need to wait for the Bookmobile, you will not incur any fines during the time the Bookmobile is off the road.

Read more: The Bookmobile Will Be OFF-ROAD, Starting Today, Monday, March 21, Due to Generator Repairs