Libraries in Newark

Index of Libraries

Newark Public Library – Main Branch

Barbara and Leonard Littman Architecture and Design Library

Branch Brook Branch Library  

Clinton Branch Library

George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences

Essex county law library 

Martin Luther King, JR. Library

North End Branch Library

Robert W Van Houten Library

Springfield Branch Library

Vailsburg Branch Library

Van Buren Branch Library

Weequahic Branch Library

John Cotton Dana Library

Rutgers Law Library

Newark Public Library – Main Branch

5 Washington St. Newark, NJ (Map)
973-733-7784

In 1092, modern art museum director and visionary librarian John Cotton Dana moved from Springfield, MA to Newark, NJ to serve as director of the Newark Public Library, where he remained until his death in 1929. Under Dana’s leadership, the Newark Public Library thrived and grew to become became one of the most successful public libraries in the United States. Dana established branches and special collections including foreign language collections for immigrants and a special business branch – the first of its kind in the nation.

Today, the Newark Public Library continues to honor Dana’s vision of the public library as a vital part of the community by providing numerous educational and cultural activities and community-oriented services for Newark’s citizens and visitors.

The Newark Public Library Main Branch is situated within the James Street Commons Historic District, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and one of the oldest sections of Newark. The Library faces Washington Park, formerly known as "the Market Place" and then as "the Upper Commons."

Barbara and Leonard Littman Architecture and Design Library in NJIT

Weston Hall, 4th Floor, 375 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Newark, NJ 07102 (Map)
973-596-3083

When the School of Architecture (SOA) was founded at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1973, a sizable collection of architecture books was initially purchased to support the school's curriculum, from studio practice to architectural history and theory. This core collection was housed at the Robert W.Van Houten Library, the main library on campus.

Branch Brook Branch Library

235 Clifton Avenue Newark, NJ 07104 (Map)
(973) 733-7760

The Branch Brook Branch Library is located on Clifton Avenue between Park Avenue and Bloomfield Avenue. It is about a block away from the famous Sacred Heart Cathedral, and within walking distance of historic Branch Brook Park. The branch is located in a primarily residential area with close proximity to two elementary schools and a high school.  

Special activities are held throughout the year, including the popular Summer Reading Challenge, a recreational literacy program for children ages 3 to 17. Preschool and kindergarten classes can visit and enjoy stories, films, and other fun activities. Elementary and middle school teachers can schedule visits to conduct research using the library’s wide array of resources.

Clinton Branch Library

739 Bergen Street Newark, NJ 07108 (Map)
(973) 733-7757

The Clinton Branch Library is located on Bergen Street (between West Runyon and West Bigelow Streets). Neighboring streets are Clinton Avenue and Hawthorne Avenue, both a block away from the branch. The Library is one block past William Brown Academy (formerly the Bergen Street School) and the new Belmont-Runyon School of Visual Performing Arts/Science and Technology.

Special activities are held throughout the year, including the popular Summer Reading Challenge, a recreational summer literacy program for children ages 3 to 17. Preschool, kindergarten, and elementary classes and community groups can visit and enjoy stories, films, and other fun activities.

Essex county law library 

50 W Market St #512, Newark, NJ 07102 (Map)
973-693-5723

George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences

30 12th Ave. Newark, NJ 07101 (Map)
973-972-4580

The Smith Library serves all of the schools, programs, and departments on Rutgers University-Newark. It is also the major research library in the health sciences for the state of New Jersey. The Smith Library Web site is your primary link to a wealth of resources: databases, full-text electronic books and journals, training opportunities, and access instructions. Find us on the Web at libraries.rutgers.edu/smith. The vast majority of our electronic resources are available on a on or off campus at any Internet-connected computer.

Martin Luther King, JR. Library in Essex county college

303 University Ave. Newark, NJ 07102 (Map)
 973-877-3238

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Library is located on the main campus in a two-level facility in the center of the Megastructure and maintains a collection of more than 90,000 volumes, over 400 periodicals, thousands of microfilms, as well as hundreds of videocassettes, filmstrips, slide/cassettes, and 16mm film programs. Librarians offer assistance in the library and also teach library research skills to classes and individuals.

North End Branch Library

722 Summer Avenue Newark, NJ 07104 (Map)
(973) 733-7766

The North End Branch Library is located at the corner of Summer and Grafton Avenues, two blocks east of Mt. Prospect Avenue or one block west of Broadway and approximately four blocks south of the Newark/Belleville border. North End has attracted a large number of short-term volunteers in recent years, primarily students needing to complete service hours as a school requirement. The branch also serves as a clearinghouse for community information, especially for jobs and cultural activities.

Robert W Van Houten Library 

150 Bleeker St Newark, NJ 07103 (Map)
973-596-3206

The Robert W. Van Houten Library, located in the Central Avenue Building provides a modern facility for individual and group study, research, computing, and browsing. Wireless access to the Internet is available throughout the building.

Springfield Branch Library

50 Hayes Street Newark, NJ 07103 (Map)
(973) 733-7736

The Springfield Branch Library is located between 14th and 15th Avenue near Springfield South Orange Avenues. The branch is located across the street from the New Horizon Charter School. It lies within easy walking distance of University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, a post office, and a new social security building. The branch is located in a residential area with close proximity to 17 schools including elementary, private, charter and high schools.

 

Vailsburg Branch Library

75 Alexander Street Newark, NJ 07106 (Map)
(973) 733-7755

The Vailsburg Branch Library is located on Alexander Street, between South Orange Avenue and Lindsley Avenue. It is on the same block as the Alexander Street School.
The first library in Vailsburg opened in 1906 as a deposit station in the store of William Fisher on the southeast corner of South Orange and Sandford Avenues.  The branch has a large meeting room that can accommodate up to 80 people, and is available during regular library hours.  Smaller rooms are also available for tutoring. 

Van Buren Branch Library

140 Van Buren Street Newark, NJ 07105 (Map)
(973) 733-7750, Adult Room

The Van Buren Branch Library is located around the corner from Ferry Street, the commercial artery of the Ironbound District, which immigrants call home. The branch is also within easy walking distance of Newark Penn Station, the PATH train, the City Subway, and many bus routes. The Van Buren Branch Library first opened in 1923. For more than eighty years, it has been a cultural and educational center within the community, serving over 40,000 children and adults from predominately European and Latin American backgrounds.

Tours of the library and an introduction to its resources and services are also available to all interested schools, organizations, businesses, and groups. The Van Buren branch has a large meeting room that can accommodate up to 50 people and is available for public organizations and meetings.

Weequahic Branch Library

355 Osborne Terrace Newark, NJ 07112 (Map)
(973) 733-7751

The Weequahic Branch is located on Osborne Terrace between Mapes Avenue and Lehigh. The nearest landmark building is the Newark Beth Israel Hospital one block away on Lyons Avenue.  The Weequahic Branch opened its doors in 1929, and was the sixth branch library of The Newark Public Library system to open between 1923 and 1946.

Rennovated in 1992, the Weequahic Branch has off-street parking facilities, public access computers, elevator, air conditioning, and a story-pit area for children. A multi-purpose room with a seating capacity of 85 is available on the second floor. The room may be used for library programs or community-sponsored programs. 

John Cotton Dana Library

185 University Avenue Newark, NJ 07102 (Map)
(973) 353-5161

The John Cotton Dana Library is the main library resource on the Rutgers University-Newark campus, offering 600,000 books, bound periodicals and government publications, 600,000 items in micro-format, and 15,000 audiovisual items. As part of the Rutgers University Libraries, Dana Library has access to several thousand electronic journals in all academic disciplines.

Dana’s gallery and exhibition areas showcase collections of note and historical significance, while special events and concerts are hosted year-round in the Dana Room on the fourth floor. 

Rutgers Law Library

123 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102 (Map)
(973) 353-5676

The primary mission of the Rutgers Law Library is to serve the educational and research needs of the faculty and students of Rutgers School of Law and the School of Criminal Justice, as well as the legal research needs of the Rutgers University community.

The Rutgers Law Library is the most comprehensive public law library in New Jersey.  It provides students and faculty with access to major full-text legal databases including Westlaw, LexisNexis, HeinOnline, Bloomberg BNA, and The Making of Modern Law. These databases include current statutes and regulations and complete case laws of the federal government and all the states, as well as extensive collections of scholarly commentary, practitioners' treatises, historical legal material, and material on foreign law.

 

 

 

 

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