Library staff are here, working for you!

New Brunswick Free Public Library staff is back, after the furlough which began April 10, 2020. While library services cannot be the same as they were before the COVID-19 pandemic, and the library building remains closed to the public, we will be providing remote, virtual, contactless and low-contact services. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time of transition and uncertainty. Please find a schedule below to see what we are offering and planning, and check back here for more information!

As of Wednesday, July 29: Book Drop is Open.
Our new book drop is here! You may now use this drop box, located in front of the library (by the flag pole), to return items that you checked out from the New Brunswick Free Public Library; this includes items that were ordered from other libraries. Items will not be available again for at least three days after their return.
Please know that all due dates during the library closure were extended to August 15.

Beginning Wednesday, July 29: Remote Reference.
A librarian will be available between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays to answer the phone and emails. Please call 732-745-5108 x20 (you may leave a message if it is before/after these hours) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Beginning Monday, August 3: 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.)

Beginning Monday, August 3: Municipal ID Appointments.*
The New Brunswick Municipal ID program is now taking appointments, and has some new procedures. View a video here for an overview. Please visit the MID page for more information; call 732-745-5108 x29 with any questions or to make an appointment.

Friday, August 7 - Monday, September 7: Summer Reading, Online.
We will offer a month-long, virtual summer reading program, for all ages. The Facebook Live Kick-Off event is viewable after going live at noon August 7. Everyone is invited to register and log their reading at nbfpl.readsquared.com. Find more details for children on the Kids' Summer Reading page, and for adults on the Adult Summer Reading page. Details for teens will be posted as soon as possible.

Tentatively beginning Monday, August 17: Computer Use Appointments.*
As long as we are able to implement the necessary safety precautions, we will offer public computer access, by appointment only. Please check back for updates.

*Please understand that, for the safety of the community, anyone entering the library building must follow the state-mandated 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. If you need assistance in finding online resources, or have any questions for a librarian, please call 732-745-5108 x20. And please follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube!) for updates, announcements, and more.