The Main Branch of the Hoboken Public Library is temporarily closed for renovation.  Reopening is planned for Monday, August 9, at 10 am.

What this means for you, our customers:

We want to let you know that this temporary closing has not affected your ability to get materials: Just order them via our online catalog.  You can pick them up by:

  • Using our 24/7 Self-Service Pickup Lockers at both the Main Library and at the Branch at 124 Grand Street.
  • Requesting Curbside Pickup at the Main Library. Once you are notified that your items are ready, you must schedule your pickup. Pickup slots are available Monday through Friday: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm; 1 pm – 2:30 pm; and 3 pm – 4:30 pm.

Our programs for adults, teens, and children will be unaffected, as shown on the Library’s events calendar at www.HobokenLibrary.org, and in-person events will be held in Church Square Park – across Fifth Street from the Library – and other popular venues throughout Hoboken.  And you can use our laptop computers at our CyberCafe located across Fifth Street; the CyberCafe is open Monday – Friday, 10:30 am – 4 pm.

Thank you for your patience.  When we reopen on August 9, you’ll have a more comfortable Library to enjoy.

Installation of a new HVAC System.

One of the major challenges of a century-old building is keeping it warm in the winter, and comfortable in the summer. The current HVAC system, installed many decades ago, was not equal to the task.  Accordingly, a new, high efficiency HVAC system is being installed.

These four pictures taken in late July show the level of work — and care — involved in the process.

The ceiling in the 3rd Floor Elevator Lobby has been opened to install new HVAC venting. We were initially puzzled by that open fixture shown upper left...
"Wait! That's the piping and fixture for the original gas lights!" This is just one of the many wonderful discoveries being made.
Making way for a new HVAC vent, this exposed floor in the 3rd Floor Elevator lobby shows the robustness of construction that went into the original structure.
This exposed wall shows the many generations and types of construction in the library building.

The Main Reading Rom is Under Construction.

The pictures illustrate how the work is progressing.  On the left, below, is the Computer Room, showing the Reference Desk. To the right is the Local History Room. Our entire Local History Collection has been packed away, safely, to one day again grace the shelves of this special area.

The panoramic view below shows how the Main Reading Room is protected from the contractors’ work spaces.

Renovation of the Third Floor began in June.

The long-awaited renovation of the Library’s Third Floor began in early June, 2021. When it’s complete, the Third Floor will once again be home to our Children’s and Teen/Tween Departments, with new furnishings, energy-efficient lighting, and other improvements that will use the latest, safest materials while retaining the historic nature of the Library building.

The TeenZone — formerly on the Third Floor — has been moved to the Branch at 124 Grand Street. To offset the inconvenience, we extended the Branch’s closing time from 3pm to 6pm most weekdays.

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The Furnace.

Looking akin to something out of the children’s book Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, this 1890s-era furnace has provided heat for over a century.  Initially fired by coal, and converted decades ago to gas, it is unequal to the tasks now required of it.  It is being replaced by an energy-efficient HVAC system.

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A History of Service.

Since April 5, 1897, the Library building at 500 Park Avenue has been serving Hoboken’s diverse and ever-changing community.  But a Library built in the 19th Century is not equal to the needs of a 21st Century community.  And that is why the Trustees of the Hoboken Public Library have approved a staged renovation of the building.

Updated Thursday, July 29, 2021 -MC