Limited Public Opening - Newark Public Library

Limited Public Opening

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Limited Public Opening

Newark Public Library will be operating on a limited schedule with new hours for public access beginning on Monday, February 8th.

To reduce the chance of transmission of the COVID-19 virus, the Main Library and the Branches of the Newark Public Library will have periodic closings for cleaning.

Main Library will be open to the public, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9 AM to 5 PM, Wednesday 12-8PM, and Saturdays, from 10 AM to 2 PM.


Branches will be open to the public, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM, Wednesday from 12 PM to 8 PM, and Saturdays, from 10 AM to 2 PM.

While we currently have limited hours, you can always telephone your request or email us to ask questions during the hours listed below:

  • Reference (including Children’s and Teen materials) | 973.733.7779
    Hours: M-Th – 9:00 AM – 8:30 PM; Fri – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Sat. – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
  • NJ Reference (Queries about NJ and Newark) | 973.733.7775
    Hours: M, Tu, Th, F – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; W – 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM; Sat. – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
  • La Sala Hispanoamericana (plus Spanish Reference) | 973.733.7772
    Hours: M, Tu, Th, F – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; W – 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM; Sat. – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
  • NJ Hispanic Reference (Queries about NJ Hispanic Communities) | 973.733.4791
    Hours: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday

For Everyone’s Safety

  • Wear a mask:  Masks are mandatory to enter the library building.  Your nose and mouth must be covered to protect staff and other patrons. Masks, bandanas, or scarves are acceptable.  Your hand, shirt, or other clothing are not face coverings.  If you don’t have a mask, staff can provide one.
  • Stay home if you are sick:  If you or anyone in your household has a fever, cough, chills or is otherwise not feeling well, do not enter the Library.
  • Maintain physical distancing:  Follow staff guidance, posted signs and floor marking to ensure at least six feet of space from others.  No gatherings.
  • Plan a short visit:  Seating is limited in order to make it easier to have a safe and clean environment.  The Library is open only for selecting and borrowing items, and using a computer.  The maximum visit is one hour.  The library will close after each hour of service.   Review the schedule to see when the library will close to all patrons.

Visit Protocols

  • The maximum number of patrons is posted at the entrance to the building and to certain rooms within each building.  No exceptions will be made.
  • Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Restrooms are limited to one person at a time.
  • Place any items you touch while browsing in the bins provided.
  • Please return all books and other materials in the bins provided at the entrance where they will be quarantined for 3 days.

 Computers & WiFi

  • A limited number of computers are available in each branch and in the Main Library
  • Printing is limited to 10 pages which is currently free
  • WiFi is available in the Main Library courtyard continuously from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  A charging station for personal devices, e.g., phones is available.  Seating is limited and the length of your visit may be limited depending on demand.