New Brunswick Free Public Library

60 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick NJ 08901

New Brunswick Free Public Library


Reference Room

The Library now has fifteen general-use computers in the Adult Reference Area for the use of patrons over the age of 12. These computers have Internet access as well as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other Microsoft Office programs. (Some are equipped with FrontPage, Publisher, Access; if you need a specific program, please ask a librarian.)

In regards to using these public computers, here are some frequently asked questions and their answers:

Q.) What do I need to use a computer?
A.) You must have your valid library card, which must be in good standing, or other valid ID. If your library card is not from this library, please ask if it has reciprocal privileges.
If you do not have a library card that can be used, you may be issued a visitor card. Please ask at the Information/Reference Desk.
Except for homework use, anyone under 18 must also have a permission form signed by a parent or guardian.

Q.) When can I use a computer?
A.) Computers are available "first come, first served" during the hours the library is open. All public computers automatically shut down about ten minutes before the library closes. A computerized Sign-up Station is used when there is a wait. Please keep track of your own status on the waiting list.

Q.) How much time do I get on a computer?
A.) Each computer session is thirty minutes*. You are allowed four sessions per day, or a total of 2 hours, with a library card. (Vistor cards are allowed two sessions, or 1 hour.)
The session timer shows when your session will end, and automatically ends your session after thirty minutes if there is a wait. If there is no wait and there are enough available workstations, your session will be automatically extended at the last minute of your current session, as long as you have not yet used all of your allotted time.
If you need to complete something that requires more than the half-hour allotted (for example, an online job application that cannot be saved), please ask the Librarian before beginning your session, and we may be able to accommodate you.

Q.) What about printing?
A.) You can print up to five pages per day at no charge; additional pages are 10¢ each. You can pre-pay or pay after printing, at the front desk: You will need to present your library or visitor card to make payments. No refunds are issued for printing payments.
There is one public printer for all the public computers in the Adult Reference Area. This only prints with black ink, and only on the library-provided 8½" x 11" paper.

Q.) What about saving my work?
A.) Please bring your own disk/flash drive if you need to save anything. The library does not give out or sell disks.
The library computers are not equipped to save to CDs, and our newest computers do not have floppy disk drives.

Q.) Can I listen to something on the library computers?
A.) You may plug in your own headphones at any public computer. The library does not provide headphones, and the computers are not equipped with speakers.

*In addition to the "general use" computers, there is an "Express Station" which can be used for one 15-minute session: It is not connected to the Sign-Up Station (it is first come, first served) and is meant only for those needing one quick turn. It is connected to the same automated computer managing system as the other general-use computers: Therefore it does require a library card, and any time used on, and any pages printed from, this computer is counted on your library record in the same way.

Also in the Reference Room, there is a research computer dedicated to database use with access to JerseyClicks, EBSCOHost, HeritageQuest, and other research tools including a microfilm reader. Please ask the Reference Librarian for assistance with using this computer.

Go back to TOP

Teen Room/Homework Center

The computers in the Teen Room are available on school day afternoons for the exclusive use of students in grades 6-12: all teenagers in these grades are asked to sign up in this room when it is open for them (usually from 2:30 until 6:00 p.m., when school is in session). Please contact the Young Adult Librarian for more information at 732-745-5108 x22.

Go back to TOP

Children's Room

The Children's Room has eight general-use computers for the use of children under age of 13. Please contact the Children's Librarian for more information at 732-745-5108 x15.

Go back to TOP

Wireless Access

While in the library, you may connect automatically to our wireless service with your personal laptop or other wireless device, no password needed!

This service is courtesy of Power to Learn Internet Services, Cablevision, the New Jersey State Library, and Infolink, the Eastern NJ Library Cooperative. Power to Learn Internet Services and Cablevision have provided an acceptable use policy that can be obtained at the Library’s Reference Desk or viewed here.

The library cannot assist with personal computer troubleshooting. For help, please contact your internet service provider.

Go back to TOP


Jump to:

Teen Room

Children's Room


NBFPL Website

Regular Hours: Mon-Thurs: 10am-9pm; Fri & Sat: 10am-5pm; Sunday*: 1-5pm (*except in Summer)