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 remains closed to the public except by appointment, New Brunswick Free Public Library staff are providing remote, virtual, contactless and low-contact services Mondays through Fridays. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time of transition and uncertainty.
Computer Use and Reference Appointments.*
As of November 9, 2020: Teen and adult patrons of the New Brunswick Free Public Library can reserve 45 minutes of computer/reference research time per available day. Appointments are available for: computer use only, research assistance only, or both computer use and research assistance. For computer use, patrons must have their own library card. Visit this page for more details and the form to register for an appointment.
Children in grades K-6 can reserve 30 minutes of computer time in the Children's Room. Vist this page for more details and the form to request this type of appointment.
Contactless, Door-side Pickup.*
As of August 3, 2020: 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.)
Book Drop is Open.
As of July 29, 2020: We received a new book drop. You may now use this drop box, located in front of the library (by the flag pole), to return all library material. Items will not be available again for at least three days after their return. (All due dates for materials borrowed before the March 2020 closing were extended; these items were due on September 15, 2020.)
Municipal ID Appointments.*
As of August 3, 2020: The New Brunswick Municipal ID program is 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.
*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. 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.