Borrowing & Inter-Library Loans
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. Collection suggestions are accepted in person, or by phone or email.
The table below summarizes our circulation periods, fines and renewal policy. Please note that renewals are only permitted if there is not already a hold request currently on the item.
Item Type Loan (days) Fine per day late Renewal New Books 14 $0.10 None General Adult Books 14 $0.10 One YA Books 14 $0.10 One Children's Books 14 $0.05 One Magazines 14 $0.10 One Children's Magazines 14 $0.05 One Literacy and ESL material 14 $0.10 One Audio Books 14 $0.10 One Theatrical DVDs 3 $1.00 None Non-theatrical DVDs 7 $1.00 None DVD TV series 7 $1.00 None Playaway (Children's) 14 $0.10 Once Playaway (YA) 14 $0.10 Once
Payments for late fees can be made in cash or checks in the library or with a debit/credit card online with SmartPay. To pay online, you will need your library card number and its PIN. Contact the library if you would like to create or modify your PIN.
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.
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.
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.
The library subscribes to 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. (Please note that newspaper subscriptions were stopped due to the COVID-19 pandemic; please ask at the reference desk for information.)
Audio and Visual
The library's DVD collection includes popular, independent, children's, foreign, and educational movie titles, as well as TV series. The library also has a small Audio Book collection, offering a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles on Playaways. (Playaways are audio book devices with titles already loaded – just insert a battery, connect your headphones/earbuds, and start listening.)
Young Adult 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, as well as a selection of magazines for teens.
The children's collection includes board books, picture books, and chapter books, as well as many non-fiction titles and magazines.
Our reference collection contains a selection 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 learn more about by viewing the Local History and Genealogy page. To access our online databases, please go to our online resources page.
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 the online catalog 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 LMxAC online catalog. Only New Brunswick cardholders can use 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.