New Brunswick Free Public Library

60 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick NJ 08901

New Brunswick Free Public Library


Hoopla Digital

New Brunswick Free Public Library patrons can take advantage of a wonderful service through the Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium (LMxAC). As of June 20, 2016, thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks are available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital. LMxAC library patrons can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit and select hoopla to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow 24/7, for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets, computers and Apple TV.

Downloadable Library Materials!

Thanks to the Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium (LMxAC), library card-holders have unlimited simultaneous access to digital magazines that can easily be viewed on most Internet-enabled devices inside or outside of the library with Zinio.

eLibrary formerly Listen NJ
Search for, check out, and download eBooks and/or electronic audiobooks using your library card at eLibraryNJ! The New Brunswick Free Public Library, as part of the LMxAC, is a Member Library of this handy service: Select "Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium" as "your library" when prompted, then simply log in with your library card and PIN! (Call the Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 x20 if you do not know your PIN).

One Click Digital
Download classic books from OneClickDigital! After a quick one-time account set-up process, requiring only simple information and your New Brunswick Free Public Library card number, NBFPL patrons can access 200 Classic e-audiobook titles and 85 Classic e-Book titles using this new library subscription.

Visit our Online Resources page for more digital content!

Mobile Library App

LMxPRESS is a mobile app designed to keep you connected to your library wherever and whenever you need us!

With LMxPRESS you can search our collection, place holds, renew items, check the status of items and seamlessly access eLibraryNJ to download eBooks and eAudiobooks. Download LMxPRESS by searching for LMxPRESS at your mobile device's App Store or pointing your mobile browser to LMxPRESS is provided at no cost to library users.
This project is sponsored by the New Brunswick Free Public Library and the Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium. Some funding for this project has been provided by LibraryLinkNJ. LibraryLinkNJ and its services are funded by the New Jersey State Library, which is responsible for the coordination, promotion and funding of the New Jersey Library Network.

Social Media

Twitter Follow the Library on Twitter - @NBFPLNJ - to keep up to date on library events, library-related news, and local items of interest!

Facebook Like the library's Facebook page at!
Events, news, links of interest, and other updates will be regularly posted, and we welcome comments from our fans!

Google+ Put the library in one of your "circles" on Google+, yet another way to stay updated and informed!

Flickr View library pictures on Flickr! Photos will continually be added to this website, so check back often!

Instagram We're also on Instagram! Follow us as we share photos and information on this platform as well!

The library has a YouTube Channel on which we have uploaded some video footage of different events.

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What's New?

See what's new in the library's collection with this handy online catalog feature!
Check out the New DVD list or the New Book list.

Community News

New Brunswick Patch
Check out the New Brunswick Patch for local news!

RU campus and community
The Rutgers Campus & Community e-newsletter features university and New Brunswick area events and happenings!

Live Well
LIVE WELL-VIVIR BIEN NEW BRUNSWICK™ is a city-wide campaign to create a healthy and active community by connecting people to programs and activities that help achieve better health and overall wellness.

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Featured Links

NJ Career Connections "The New Jersey Career Connections website provides users direct acccess to career navigation resources, including interactive tools and useful resources such as a directory of training programs, information on hundreds of careers, and advice and guidance on a wide variety of topics. In addition, the website will help jobseekers learn how to network, find employment, and prepare for interviews."
~ The New Brunswick Free Public Library is proud to be a NJ Career Connections site, partnering with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Jobseekers can receive one-on-one, in-person job search and career navigation assistance by visiting the library Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday* from 1 to 5 p.m. Just ask in the Reference Room for Career Connections.
(*The library is only open on Sundays from September through May.)
Also check our Events Page for Path To Employment Job Search Workshop information.

Need Help? Start Here! NJ 2-1-1 This "user-friendly redesigned site provides those in need with quick access to the agencies, information and comprehensive information they need and complements the NJ 2-1-1 call line that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week all year long and serves the hearing impaired through its TTY services. Both the NJ 2-1-1 call line and website provide services in multiple languages."

NJ State Library The New Jersey State Library created the NJ Works @ Your Library website to provide access to resources useful in job searching, skill improvement, self-education and more!

GetHelp from the New Jersey State Library The New Jersey State Library also has this helpful "get help" web guide designed to provide assistance with finding social services and dealing with difficult economic times. With links to resources under the headings Finances, Housing, Health, and more, this is a useful collection of information.

Snapshot Day Check out the Snapshot Day website to learn about a "day in the life of New Jersey libraries" in 2009. Snapshot Day is a great way to capture the importance of libraries.
Click here to see some NBFPL patron comments and statistics from Snapshot Day 2012!

Library Value Calculator
Want to see just how valuable the library is to you? Check out this Library Value Calculator!


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Items of Interest

Local Radio Stories
The library now has digitized copies of the WDHN radio program "Magic Carpet" from 78 rpm phonograph records that were donated to the library. Local residents Virginia Bogan and her daughter Debby Bogan hosted the program which recounts their global travels, observations, and incidentals of life in New Brunswick. WDHN was a New Brunswick radio station owned and operated by the Daily Home News and the Boyd family during the mid-20th century. The recordings have been digitized by Safe Sound Archives with a grant from the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission. Excerpts can be found on our Archive website and the discs can be accessed in our Reference Room.

Past programs, exhibits, and similar:

The library presented its 10th Annual Photography Contest in 2017, with the theme of "My Inspiration" and a submission deadline of May 16. The photo exhibit opened on June 9; the photographs were on display at the Alfa Art Gallery until June 16, and in the library's community room until July 9, 2017. You may download this PDF of the presentation of all photos entered into the contest, or this PDF to see just the award winners. You may also view pictures of the reception on our Flickr page.
Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant provided by New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division of the Department of State.

"Freedom: Capture your World!" was the theme for the library's 2016 Photography Contest and Exhibit. The contest ran from February 1 to May 21, and the exhibit opened on June 10. Download a slideshow of all submitted photos here. View pictures of the reception and workshops on our Flickr page. The library's Photography Contest, Exhibit, and related workshops have been an annual tradition for 9 years now. Grant funding was provided by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division of the Department of State.

Take Your Best Shot The 2015 Photography Contest and Exhibit had the theme "Take Your Best Shot." View winning photographs on our Facebook Page here, and pictures of the photography workshops on our Flickr page: view the first workshop here; the second workshop here; and third workshop here. Download the PowerPoint presentation which includes all submitted photos here.
As with preceding years of the Photo Contest and related events: Grant funding was provided by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

New Brunswick: Our Town "New Brunswick: Our Town" was a collaborative theme for the library's 2014 Photography Contest and Exhibition, inspired by and in cooperation with the Hub City's celebration of the 75th annivesary of Thornton Wilder's Our Town. Winners of the contest were announced at a reception on April 24. View pictures of the reception here, and the presentation showing all submitted photos here.

Adult Summer Reading The library presented its first ever Adult Summer Reading program in 2013. We had a total of 43 registrants and 112 book reviews submitted. Our Adult Summer Reading Page is updated each year with details about the current program: Check back each summer to see what we're doing!

New Brunswick My City The library's 2013 Photography Contest was themed "New Brunswick: My City." Submitted photos were taken between April 8 and June 21; winners were announced at the Exhibit Reception on July 12, 2013. View the slideshow of all submissions here! See pictures of the reception on Flickr.

Fertile Crescent The library participated in The Fertile Crescent project in the Fall of 2012. Check out our Fertile Crescent web page for more details!

Lincoln and the Civil War The traveling exhibition Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War was at the library from August 15 until September 28, 2012. The exhibit was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office, and made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. View this web page to find out more about the exhibit and the events the library presented to accompany it, in observance of the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War!

New Brunswick in Motion
"New Brunswick in Motion" was the theme of the library's 2012 Photography Contest, which was held in the Spring instead of the Summer this year. View a PDF slideshow of all submissions, starting with the winners! Also see pictures of the Photography Contest Reception (held on June 8) on our Flickr account.

In a Nutshell
Check out our Sendak exhibit page to see pictures and videos of, and information about, the "In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak" traveling exhibit the library hosted from September 7 until October 13, 2011.

New Brunswick Unique
Our Summer 2011 Photography Contest was themed "New Brunswick Unique." View a PDF slideshow of the submitted photos to see how that theme was captured!

Fighting the Fires of Hate exhibit
The library hosted the traveling exhibition "Fighting the Fires of Hate" during the summer of 2010. Visit our Fires of Hate exhibit page to see videos from our Closing Reception for that exhibit.

From New Brunswick to Uganda
By popular demand, here is a PDF version of Ms. Thompson's "From New Brunswick to Uganda" presentation, which she presented in October 2009.

New Brunswick Stories captured by StoryCorps Visit our New Brunswick Stories page to hear New Brunswick residents' stories captured by StoryCorps, "an independent nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate lives through listening."

doll house
Check out a newspaper article about when our historic doll house was refurbished in 2011. The dollhouse is now located in the hallway next to the Children's Room (near the Community Room) and can be viewed by anyone, any time the library is open.

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