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.

Extended Hours Two Days a Week.
Starting March 15, 2021: Library staff will be available until 7:00 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. This will allow us to offer remote services later in the day, as well as additional and possibly more convenient in-person appointments, on those two days. Please see below for details of the services we are currently offering.

Computer Use and Reference Appointments.*
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. 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.

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.

Remote Reference.
A librarian is available between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays -- until 7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays -- 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.

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 is Open.
We received a new book drop in July 2020. Please 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.

Municipal ID Appointments.*
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.