Library staff are here, working for you!

While library services cannot be the same as they were before the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Brunswick Free Public Library staff strive to provide service and programming while still observing safety and health precautions. Many of our current offerings are remote, virtual, contactless or low-contact; in-person service is available, with limitations. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time of transition and uncertainty.

Walk-Ins Welcome, Just Call or Ring Doorbell When You Arrive.*
Patrons who wish to browse the library collections, use our photocopier, ask the librarian for research assistance, or use a computer may come to the library during our open hours. (The doors remain locked; health screening is required to be allowed entry.) The library opens at 10 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays, is open until 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and until 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. We ask all library patrons to wear a face mask while inside the library, and to limit their time inside the building to a maximum of 2 hours per day. For computer use, patrons must have their own library card or valid ID. For more details about computer use, please visit our Computers page. 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 our Library Card page for details about how to do so, or call 732-745-5108 x25 with questions.

Please note: Simple print jobs can be arranged for pickup by calling the reference desk at 732-745-5108 x20 and emailing the document(s) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please make sure to call in advance so that we know to expect your email, as well as to arrange a pickup time.

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.

Career Assistance.*
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.)
To allow for proper social distancing, please come as close to your scheduled pickup time as possible, or call to reschedule.

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.
You may use the drop box located in front of the library (by the flag pole) to return all library material without entering the building.

Remote Reference.
A librarian is available between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and until 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, to answer questions over the phone and email. Please call 732-745-5108 x20 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If calling outside of our operating hours, please leave a message with your name and phone number so that we may return your call.

~ *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.