Satellite Reference Office Open at Main Library While Department Gets Full Renovation

JERSEY CITY, N.J.   Oct. 3, 2016 – In deference to the public, the Jersey City Free Public Library has opened a satellite office at the Main Library for the Reference Department, which remains closed for its full renovation.

The satellite office is located between the Lending and Reference departments, where the Lending satellite office was located during its major renovation, and will provide limited services to the public.

The Reference satellite office, located on the 2nd floor of the Main Library, 472 Jersey Avenue, will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and begins its availability today, Monday, Oct. 3.

Patrons are instructed to call (201) 547-5877 for a direct answer to their reference questions, as the regular phone numbers ((201) 547-4500, then Press 1 for the Reference Department, or the direct line, x4501), are not working properly right now.

According to Chief Librarian Hussein Odeh, the Reference Department satellite office will contain science project books (a small collection of science books and a couple of general encyclopedias) for student research, as well as a few daily newspapers for the general public. Odeh oversees the Reference Department.

As per Library Director Priscilla Gardner, the Reference satellite office will provide one table and a couple of chairs for library patrons’ seating to accommodate their reading and research time.

“We are happy to assist the public in their reference needs,” said John Butler, head of the Reference Department. “Students and adults alike are welcome to the Reference satellite office.”

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