Library staff are here, working for you!
While library services cannot be the same as they were before the COVID-19 pandemic, and the library building is not yet completely open to the public, the New Brunswick Free Public Library staff continue to provide remote, virtual, contactless and low-contact services as well as limited in-person sessions. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time of transition and uncertainty.
Appointments Encouraged, Walk-Ins Welcome at the Top of our Open Hours.*
Patrons who wish to browse the library collections, use our photocopier, ask the librarian for research assistance, or use a computer are encouraged to make an appointment, but may also come to the library’s front porch at the top of the hour during our open hours. (Walk-ins are permitted as long as all appointment slots are not full.) The library’s front door will be opened at the top of each hour the library is open; this means the door will open at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays - Saturdays, as well as at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Mondays - Thursdays (as of September 7, 2021). Please be on the front porch to enter the library at the top of these hours, as the door will only be opened at those specific times (unless an exception is made). All library sessions are 45 minutes long, beginning at the top of the hour. Please visit our Appointments page for more details and the online form to request an appointment.
For computer use, patrons must have their own library card or valid ID. A valid library card is required to check out library materials. If you need to apply for or renew an existing library card, you may visit this page for details about how to do so, or call 732-745-5108 x25 with questions.
Children in grades K-6 can also reserve time in the Children's Room for either computer use or to browse. Visit this page for more details and the form to request this type of appointment.
Municipal ID Appointments.*
The New Brunswick Municipal ID program is available by appointment only until further notice. View a video here for an overview of current procedures. Please visit the MID page for more information; call 732-745-5108 x29 with any questions or to make an appointment.
With thanks to the ALA COVID Library Relief Fund, we are again able to offer one-on-one, in-person help for those who need to build resumes and cover letters, fill out job applications, prepare for their interviews, etc. This service is only by appointment until further notice. Please visit the Career Assitance page for more details, including available times.
Contactless, Door-side Pickup.*
Requested items can be picked up in the library’s lower vestibule, with prior arrangements. View a video here for an overview of this service, or read on for details:
- Reserve the item(s) you would like to check out: You can do this online either on a computer (see video here), on a smartphone/smart device (see video here), or by calling the library.
- A staff member will call you to schedule a pickup time. Items will be placed into a bag with your name on it, and then in a blue crate in the lower entryway.
- When you arrive at the library for your scheduled pickup time, call 732-745-5108 x25 and then head to the lower entrance (to your left when facing the front of the building). Please be sure to put on your mask before approaching the building.
- Ring the bell to the left of the door, and a staff member will buzz you into the vestibule to pick up your parcel. (You will not be able to enter the rest of the building.)
Online Library Card Application.
Need a library card, whether to check items out or to use our online resources? Please visit this page for details about how to apply (or renew) remotely! You may also call 732-745-5108 x25 with questions.
Book Drop is Open.
We received a new book drop in July 2020. You may use this drop box, located in front of the library (by the flag pole), to return all library material without entering the building.
~ *Please understand that, for the safety of the community, we require anyone entering the library building to follow the guidelines for social distancing and the wearing of face coverings.
As always, you may visit our Online Resources page for various ways to access library material and information digitally. We made a helpful video about how to download and log into two great apps for accessing e-books, audiobooks, music, movies, and more! If you need assistance in finding or using online resources, or have any questions for a librarian, please call 732-745-5108 x20. Don't forget to check out our Events page to find virtual program information! And please follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube!) for updates, announcements, and more.