New Brunswick Free Public Library

60 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick NJ 08901

New Brunswick Free Public Library



Mailing Address
60 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Phone Numbers
Circulation (for renewals, account information, etc.):
    732.745.5108 x25
Reference (for research questions, service information, etc.):
    732.745.5108 x20
Young Adult Room (to speak to the librarian in the Teen Room):
    732.745.5116 x22 {This extension is usually staffed only from 2:30-6pm on school days.}
Children's Room (for questions about Children's programs, books, etc.):
    732.745.5116 x15
Library Director (for administrative questions)
    732.745.5108 x26

Reference Desk email
Feel free to email the Reference Desk with a question for a Librarian! Also feel free to direct any question to this address if you are unsure to which specific department you should address it.

Reference Fax

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General Hours

Monday through Thursday: 10 AM to 9PM
Friday and Saturday: 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday*: 1 PM TO 5 PM
*2017 Sunday hours are from January 8 through May 21 and September 10 through December 10: The library is closed on Sundays in the summertime, from May 28 through September 3, as well as certain Sundays around winter holidays. See below for full details.

Holiday Closings:

Saturday December 31, 2016 through Monday January 2, 2017 = Closed for New Year's Weekend
Monday, January 16 = Closed for Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
Monday, February 13 = Closed for Lincoln's Birthday
Monday, February 20 = Closed for Presidents' Day
Friday, April 14 = Closed for Good Friday
Sunday, April 16= Closed for Easter
Sunday, May 28 and Monday, May 29 = Closed for Memorial Day
{No more Sunday hours until September}
Sunday, July 2 through Tuesday, July 4 = Closed for Independence Day
Saturday, September 2 through Monday, September 4 = Closed for Labor Day Weekend
{Sunday hours resume September 10}
Monday, October 9 = Closed for Columbus Day
Wednesday, November 22 = 5:00 p.m. Closing
Thursday, November 23 = Closed for Thanksgiving
Sunday, December 17 = Closed
Saturday, December 23 through Monday, December 25 = Closed for Christmas Weekend
Sunday December 31, 2017 through Monday January 1, 2018 = Closed for New Year's

~ To download a PDF of the Closing Policy Calendar of Operations (in list form) for 2017, click here.
~~ For a 2017 calendar showing the library's closings, click here.

Please check the library's Facebook page or Twitter account for emergency closing announcements.

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  • From Route 18 North or South:
    • Take Route 18 to New Brunswick. Exit at New Street (exits to the right). Turn left onto Livingston Avenue at third traffic light. The library will be on your left. (Pass the library and turn left onto Welton Street to reach our parking lot - see below.)
  • From NJ Turnpike, take Exit 9 for Route 18. Once on Route 18, follow above directions.
  • Traveling South on Route 27:
    • Cross the Raritan River into New Brunswick. Route 27 is Albany Street here. At 2nd traffic light, turn left onto Nielson Street (Hyatt Hotel on corner). At traffic light, turn right onto New Street. Follow New Street to 2nd traffic light, turn left onto Livingston Avenue. The library will be on your left. (Pass the library and turn left onto Welton Street to reach our parking lot - see below.)

Use Google Maps to map your route.

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The New Brunswick Parking Authority operates a metered parking lot adjacent to the library and there is also metered on-street parking. The meters in the parking lot accept quarters (for 10 minutes; $1.50 for one hour) and, as of 2015, they also accept credit cards. Metered parking is in effect from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Mondays through Saturdays.

The parking lot is located off of Welton Street: It is behind and on the right side of the library when facing the building. (If you turn onto Welton Street from Livingston Avenue, take your second left into the parking lot. The first left is a dentist's office parking lot.)

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