New Brunswick Free Public Library

60 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick NJ 08901

New Brunswick Free Public Library



Mailing Address
60 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Phone Numbers
Circulation (for renewals, account information, etc.):
    732.745.5108 x25
Reference (for research questions, service information, etc.):
    732.745.5108 x20
Young Adult Room (to speak to the librarian in the Teen Room):
    732.745.5116 x22 {This extension is usually staffed only from 2:30-6pm on school days.}
Children's Room (for questions about Children's programs, books, etc.):
    732.745.5116 x15
Library Director (for administrative questions)
    732.745.5108 x26

Reference Desk email
Feel free to email the Reference Desk with a question for a Librarian! Also feel free to direct any question to this address if you are unsure to which specific department you should address it.

Reference Fax

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General Hours

Monday through Thursday: 10 AM to 9PM
Friday and Saturday: 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday*: 1 PM TO 5 PM
*2015 Sunday hours are from January 11 through May 17 and September 13 through December 13: The library is closed on Sundays in the summertime, from May 24 through September 6, as well as the Sundays around the winter holidays.

Children's Room Summer Hours*

Monday through Thursday: 10 AM to 6 PM
Friday and Saturday: 10 AM to 5 PM
Only the Children's Room closes at 6pm Monday through Thursday during the Summer: the rest of the library remains open until 9pm on those days.
*Children's Room summer hours correspond as closely as possible to the New Brunswick Public Schools' summer break: This year (2015) they started Monday June 22 and ended on Friday September 4.

Holiday Closings:

Thursday, January 1, 2015 = Closed for New Year's Day
Sunday, January 4 = Closed
Monday, January 19 = Closed for Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
Thursday, February 12 = Closed for Lincoln's Birthday
Monday, February 16 = Closed for Presidents' Day
Friday, April 3 = Closed for Good Friday
Sunday, April 5 = Closed for Easter
Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25 = Closed for Memorial Day
{No more Sunday hours until September}
Friday, July 3 to Sunday, July 5 = Closed for Independence Day Weekend
Saturday, September 5 to Monday, September 7 = Closed for Labor Day Weekend
{Sunday hours resume September 13}
Monday, October 12 = Closed for Columbus Day
Wednesday, November 25 = 5:00 p.m. Closing
Thursday, November 26 = Closed for Thanksgiving
Sunday, December 20 = Closed
Thursday, December 24 = 5:00 p.m. Closing
Friday, December 25 to Sunday, December 27 = Closed for Christmas Weekend
Thursday, December 31 = 5:00 p.m. Closing
Friday, January 1, 2016 to Sunday, January 3 = Closed for New Year's Day Weekend

~ For a 2015 calendar showing the library's closings, click here.
~~To download a PDF of the Closing Policy and Calendar of Operations for 2015, click here.

Please check the library's Facebook page or Twitter account for emergency closing announcements.

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  • From Route 18 North or South:
    • Take Route 18 to New Brunswick. Exit at New Street (exits to the right). Turn left onto Livingston Avenue at third traffic light. The library will be on your left. (Pass the library and turn left onto Welton Street to reach our parking lot - see below.)
  • From NJ Turnpike, take Exit 9 for Route 18. Once on Route 18, follow above directions.
  • Traveling South on Route 27:
    • Cross the Raritan River into New Brunswick. Route 27 is Albany Street here. At 2nd traffic light, turn left onto Nielson Street (Hyatt Hotel on corner). At traffic light, turn right onto New Street. Follow New Street to 2nd traffic light, turn left onto Livingston Avenue. The library will be on your left. (Pass the library and turn left onto Welton Street to reach our parking lot - see below.)

Use Google Maps to map your route.

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The New Brunswick Parking Authority operates a metered parking lot adjacent to the library and there is also metered on-street parking. The meters in the parking lot accept quarters (for 10 minutes; $1.50 for one hour) and, as of 2015, they also accept credit cards. Metered parking is in effect from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Mondays through Fridays.

The parking lot is located off of Welton Street: It is behind and on the right side of the library when facing the building. (If you turn onto Welton Street from Livingston Avenue, take your second left into the parking lot. The first left is a dentist's office parking lot.)

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The library accepts donations of books, DVDs, CDs, and some other materials. Due to space limitations, the library can only accept a limited amount of donations at a time. Please call the reference desk before bringing in materials: 732-745-5108 ext. 20.

Some guidelines about what the library does and does not accept are as follows:

  • Books must be in good condition with no water damage, mildew, underlining or similar marring.
  • Textbooks must be published within the last three years.
  • Encyclopedia sets must be complete and published within the last ten years.
  • Paperbacks must have covers.
  • DVD sets must be complete.
  • No case law, condensed, or medical procedure texts.
  • No magazines.
  • No audio or video tapes, or LP records.

Library staff evaluate all materials to see if the items can be added to the collection. Materials not added to the collection may be sold at the Friends of the Library Book Sale.

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Regular Hours: Mon-Thurs: 10am-9pm; Fri & Sat: 10am-5pm; Sunday*: 1-5pm (*except in Summer)