11 South Broad Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07202-3486
Monday to Thursday, 9am to 9pm; Friday: 10am to 9pm
Saturday 9am to 5pm
LaCorte Branch Library
418-424 Palmer Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07202-3710
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday- 9am to 5pm
Tuesday, and Thursday- 12pm Noon to 8pm; Friday 10am-5pm
Elmora Branch Library
740 W. Grand Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07202-1102
Monday and Wednesday 9am to 9pm
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 9am to 5pm; Friday 10am-5p and Sunday 12pm Noon to 4pm
Elizabethport Branch Library
102-110 Third Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07206
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 9am to 5pm
Monday and Wednesday 12pm Noon to 8pm; Friday 10am-5pm
The Elizabeth Public Library is a vibrant library system meeting the needs of Elizabeth residents, businesses, and students for both traditional and innovative library services.
The library provides services via the Internet and at its four locations. By accessing the library’s web page at www.elizpl.org persons with valid library cards have access to an almost limitless number of books, articles and data. Our newest feature: 72-hour free passes to the digital New York Times.
Our library website is a portal to multiple resources, including contact information for various departments; Board of Trustee policies, minutes and members; activities and programs for the public; free access to fee-based databases like RefUSA and Zinio; and contact details for programming partners like LiteracyNJ (GED, ESL and Computer classes) and Jewish Family Services (Citizenship classes). And of course there is our library catalog, which provides access to information on nearly three hundred thousand books, videos, compact disks, and audiobooks held locally, as well as the more than 3 million items held by our library consortium LMxAC.
With your library card and your PIN you have remote access to most of our propriety databases (there are few exceptions) and you have the ability to place holds on our materials, as well as on the materials held by 29 other libraries in the Central Jersey counties of Middlesex, Monmouth and Union. Your card allows in-person borrowing from all LMxAC libraries, as well as from the 150 plus libraries participating in Open Borrowing. Your library card and PIN provide you with 24/7 access to your library account so that you can renew materials, place holds or pay fines (with a credit card) at any time.
One of our most recent projects has been the digitization of the Elizabeth Daily Journal, made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Historic Commission, a division of the Department of State. The EDJ had an historic run of over 200 years and, in its earliest incarnations, covered events in the 18th century! Currently more than 120 reels of the Elizabeth Daily Journal, covering the years from 1872 to 1914, have been digitized and are keyword searchable. See our Local History Room for more information on resources available on the City of Elizabeth and Union County.
Our lively Children’s Room is the scene of bilingual story times for the very littlest and their caregivers, as well as stories and craft events for children up to 6th grade. Festive events like Halloween, Thanksgiving and New Year’s are celebrated with magical and musical performances, while our Summer Reading Club is an opportunity for school children to maintain their academic achievements throughout the summer, while winning prizes and participating in engaging activities and projects.
The Teen Department on the 3rd floor vibrates with excitement as teens and tweens from age 12 through 19 plan and implement programs under staff guidance. Check out the annual ‘Zine created each summer by our talented teens, and sign up as a volunteer to fulfill high school graduation requirements. There’s plenty of space for quiet study, as well as socialization.
Our Information Services and Adults Services department, staffed by our dedicated librarians, offer one-on-one tutorials on digital information, while bringing an abundance of educational and entertaining programming to the public each year. From the latest in digital gadgets, to the best print reading, whether fiction, non-fiction, graphical, or in magazine format, we’ve got adult readers covered. And we’re not forgetting DVDs, where we offer the latest in popular film and TV shows, and streaming options through Hoopla.
In the fall of 2014 we began offering Sunday hours at our Elmora Branch. This has proven a popular option for students catching up on homework, and adults browsing newspapers. All of our locations work cooperatively to bring programming for families into the community all year long. There are Book Bingo evenings, and Saturday matinees, parties at Halloween, and exciting summer events. At Elmora, a community garden, funded in part by a Union County grant, was introduced in the summer of 2016, and there are plans to expand the garden in cooperation with Groundwork Elizabeth, Liberty Farm at Kean University, and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.
Throughout the year, catch us at City-wide events like JulyFest, Back-to-School Open Houses, and Backpack Giveaways. The Library is here to serve the residents and businesses of the City of Elizabeth.
We are your hometown Library, and we speak your language, whether English, Spanish, Portuguese or Haitian Creole.