Philip Roth Personal Library – COMING SOON – Newark Public Library

Philip Roth Personal Library – COMING SOON

Completion is anticipated during 2021. Please note the room is currently not open to the public.  So far, only a portion of Philip Roth’s books have been transferred to the Newark Public Library, and they have not yet been catalogued. As a result, we cannot respond to inquiries about specific items in the collection. However, you are welcome to send an email to Nadine Sergejeff, our Special Collections Librarian, who is overseeing the processing of the collection.

While Philip Roth generously left a $2 million endowment to the Community Foundation of New Jersey for the benefit of the Newark Public Library, the interest generated from the endowment each year is restricted to the purchase of new books and other library materials.  The funds may not be used for construction.  The Library continues to raise funds toward the construction of the physical space which will house the Philip Roth Personal Library.

To support Philip Roth’s “other Newark home,” please contact Kirsten Giardi, Interim Assistant Director, Development at 973.424.1832 or send us an email

To view past events related to Philip Roth, please visit our virtual programs page.