The meeting rooms of the New Brunswick Free Public Library may be reserved by non-profit groups for public gatherings when they are not being used for library programs. Meeting rooms are available at no charge during the hours that the library is open. You may obtain a copy of the policy and application for the use of the rooms by visiting the library, by calling 732-745-5108 x28, or by downloading and printing the PDF provided here:
To download the complete policy and application for use of the meeting rooms, click here.
Download an editable PDF here, in which you can fill out the form on your computer before printing it to then sign by hand. (If you have a scanner, you may scan the signed printout and then email it. Otherwise, please deliver in person or send via fax or mail. Contact details are provided on the form.)
Some highlights of the meeting room policy include:
The meeting rooms can only be used by governmental, educational, community, and non-profit organizations that serve the New Brunswick community. The use of the room is not intended for individuals.
No organization may schedule the use of the meeting room for more than 36 hours per year including meetings canceled or rescheduled by the organization.
All meetings of non-profit and community organizations must conform with all local, state and federal laws and regulations and must be open to the public. Meetings may be restricted to those who meet appropriate and legally acceptable criteria such as age, gender, or medical history but may not exclude non-members of an organization. Organizations do not have to permit nonmembers to speak, interrupt, or disrupt their programs and presentations. They do have to permit the public to attend, observe, and learn.
Meetings must be without charge unless the Library Board of Trustees authorizes an admission fee in advance. The seeking of donations is prohibited. Nothing may be sold on the premises nor may orders for items be taken.
Meetings, including setup and cleanup time, are held when the Library is open to the public. Meetings may not be scheduled to start until 15 minutes after the Library opens and must conclude at least 15 minutes before the Library closes.
Each organization must clean up the meeting room and return it to the condition in which it was found.
Application on the required form must be made by a cardholder of the New Brunswick Free Public Library to the Library Director who will act upon completed applications within 5 days of receipt. Failure to provide 5 day's notice is grounds for the application to be summarily rejected.
If the organization is not connected to New Brunswick except that it serves this community, exemption from the requirement of a New Brunswick Free Public Library card-holder making application for use of the room may be requested.
Return the completed form to Ms. Ruiz in person, via mail (New Brunswick Free Public Library, 60 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ 08901-3026), or Fax (732.846.0226).
Please note: The library will supply contact information of the organization and person in charge of the meeting upon public request.
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Meeting rooms include the Carl T. Valenti Community Room and the Henry Guest House. The Community Room is located on the library's lower level, adjacent to the lower entrance. The Guest House is the building between the library and Morris Street.
The Carl T. Valenti Community Room is named in honor of Carl T. Valenti (1931-2008): A civic leader and lifelong resident of New Brunswick, Mr. Valenti served in all chairs of the Library's Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2008, and was a member of the Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library. The room can accommodate about 100 people or can be divided into two meeting spaces.
The Henry Guest House has two rooms on its main floor that can be used as meeting spaces for about 20 people each. For more information about the Henry Guest House, click here.
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Directions to the Library
- 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. (There is no need to deposit money into the meter on weekends or after 6:00 PM.)
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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