New Brunswick Free Public Library

60 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick NJ 08901
732.745.5108
nbfpl@lmxac.org

New Brunswick Free Public Library

LIBRARY MATERIALS

Circulating Collection

The New Brunswick Free Public Library has over 80,000 books, 200 periodicals, and over one thousand DVDs, covering popular as well as educational topics and subjects. Anyone with a suggestion for the collection can contact the library at 732-745-5108 x20 or nbfpl@lmxac.org, or contact one of the department librarians listed below.

Circulation Periods, Fines, and Renewals

This chart shows the basic circulation information for our general collection:

Item Type

Loan in Days

Fine Per Day Late

Renewal*

New Books

14

$.10

 

General Adult Books

14

$.10

Once

YA Books

14

$.10

Once

Children’s Books

14

$.05

Once

Magazines

14

$.10

Once

Children’s Magazines

14

$.05

Once

Literacy and ESL Materials

14

$.10

Once

Audio Books

14

$.10

Once

Theatrical DVDs

3

$1.00

 

Non-Theatrical DVDs

7

$1.00

 

*Renewals are only allowed if no other patron has placed a hold on the item.

Payment Methods
The library can only accept cash or checks at the Circulation Desks. As of March 2013, however, our circulation system provider, LMxAC (www.lmxac.org), has released SmartPay for the member libraries. SmartPay allows library patrons to pay library bills online with a credit card. Patrons can use SmartPay from home or via a library public access computer but not at the library circulation desk. The LMxAC servers will not store any credit card data. ~ Click here to go directly to SmartPay.

Adult Collection

The adult collection contains classic and contemporary fiction, urban fiction, mysteries, science fiction, romance, and westerns. The non-fiction collection covers a wide range of subjects including a collection of test preparation and ESL books.

Hungarian Collection

The collection includes a range of titles in Hungarian. To make a suggestion or ask a question, please contact Iren Ruschack at 732-745-5108 x27or irenr@lmxac.org.

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Spanish Collection / Colección en Español

The Spanish collection contains classic and contemporary fiction, non-fiction, and biographies. Non-fiction subjects with strong representation in the collection include: religion, spirituality, finance and business, cookbooks, health, pregnancy and parenting, and literature.
If you have suggestions for other titles you would like to read, please email your suggestion to nbfpl@lmxac.org or fill out a card at the Circulation Desk in the library.

La colección en español incluye ficción clasicas y contemporaneas, no-ficción y biografías. Libros de no-ficción con muy fuerte representación incluyen: religión, espiritualismo, finanza y negocios, libros de cocina, salud, embarazo y literatura.
Si tiene alguna sugerencia para otros títulos que a usted le gustaría leer, mande sus sugerencias a nbfpl@lmxac.org ó llene un formulario que se encuentra en el escritorio principal.

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Periodicals

The library subscribes to many and various magazines, most of which can be borrowed. The library also subscribes to some periodicals which can be perused inside the library only. The daily newspapers that we receive are: the Home News Tribune, the Star Ledger, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

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Audio and Visual

The library's DVD collection includes popular, independent, children's, foreign, and educational titles. The library also has an Audio Book collection, offering a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles on CD and cassette tape.

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Young Adult (Teen) Collection

The library's collection of young adult books contains both classics and contemporary novels. We also have a collection of Western comics and manga (Japanese comics), as well as a selection of magazines for teens. Anyone with a suggestion for the collection or a question specific to Young Adult materials can contact the Youth Services office at 732-745-5116 x13.

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Children's Collection

The children's collection includes board books, picture books, and chapter books, as well as many non-fiction titles and magazines. For questions or suggestions, please contact the Children's Librarian at 732-745-5116 x15.

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Reference Collection

Our reference collection contains a multitude of volumes on a wide range of topics, from general encyclopedias to New Jersey history. The reference room also has a collection of microfilm and other resources, which you can find out more about by viewing the Local History and Genealogy page. To access our online databases, please go to the Electronic Materials page. To contact the Reference desk, call 732-745-5108 x20.

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RESERVES AND INTERLIBRARY LOANS

Books and other items that are not immediately available at the New Brunswick Free Public Library may be reserved by filling out a request at the Reference Desk. The Reference Librarian will search for the material at all libraries within our consortium first, and, if not found there, within our Interlibrary Loan network.

Patrons may also place holds on books through iBistro using their library card number and PIN (if you do not know your PIN, please contact the Reference Desk at: 732-745-5108 x20). Borrowers will be notified by telephone or email when the material is available.

Patrons are able to place their own Interlibrary Loan requests on JerseyCat as well. This should only be done after searching all libraries within the iBistro catalog. Only New Brunswick cardholders are entitled to this service. Borrowers will be notified by telephone or email when the material is available.

To place a request in JerseyCat, you simply search for an item, select the item you want, click the "Request This Item" button, and type in your information (including name, library card number, and a password you will create.) For more detailed instructions, you may download our patron request how-to guide.

Please note: A limited time is allowed for pick-up once a borrower has been notified that requested material is ready for pick-up. (Typically, books are held for three days and videos are held for one day.) There will be a charge of $1.00 per item not picked up. If you place a hold or InterLibrary Loan request, do not cancel the request, we obtain the item for you, and then you do not pick it up, a $1 fine will be placed on your account. To clarify: You can cancel a request online, over the phone, or in person. If you realize you no longer want an item you requested, you should cancel the request before the item becomes available for you to pick up so as to avoid this charge.

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ELECTRONIC BOOKS

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To download an e-book or audiobook, go to www.elibrarynj.com and type in the name of the book you are looking for. When you have found your title, click "Sign In to Check Availability" and choose Libraries of Middlesex Automated Consortium as your library. Type in your New Brunswick library card number and your PIN (available by calling the Reference Desk if you do not know it.) A free program will request to be downloaded in order to check out materials, and there is a free Digital Media Guided Tour on the homepage for first time users. Each checkout is for 10 days and some materials can be burned to a CD or iPod for mobile listening.

For further information contact the Reference Desk at 732-745-5105 x.20.

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DONATIONS

The library accepts donations of books, DVDs, CDs, and some other materials. Due to space limitations, the library can only accept a limited amount of donations at a time. Please call the reference desk before bringing in materials: 732-745-5108 ext. 20.

Some guidelines about what the library does and does not accept are as follows:

  • Books must be in good condition with no water damage, mildew, underlining or similar marring.
  • Textbooks must be published within the last three years.
  • Encyclopedia sets must be complete and published within the last ten years.
  • Paperbacks must have covers.
  • DVD sets must be complete.
  • No case law, condensed, or medical procedure texts.
  • No magazines.
  • No audio or video tapes, or LP records.

Library staff evaluate all materials to see if the items can be added to the collection. Materials not added to the collection may be sold at the Friends of the Library Book Sale.

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Hungarian Collection

Spanish Collection

Periodical Collection

Audio and Visual Collection

Teen Collection

Children's Collection

Reference Collection

Reserves & ILLs

E-books

Donations


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