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Hoboken Public Library is here to help you.

To further the library’s goal of connecting our community with the resources you need, we offer the services of two Social Work Interns (Master of Social Work students) who can assist you with:

Finding community resources and providing agency referral
Completing applications for Social Security, SNAP, Medicaid/Medicare, and other benefit programs
Getting an ID, Birth Certificate, and other vital documents

Meet our Community Service Workers!

Drop in to see us on Mondays and Thursdays from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Main Library (500 Park Avenue), or Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:00 to 2:00PM at the Learning Center at HHA (401 Harrison Street). An appointment is not required.

About Our Services

Hoboken Public Library connects people with each other, ideas, and opportunities to support lifelong learning, personal growth, and community development. Through this mission, the Social Work Team at the Library will work to ensure that you, the patron, will receive the best community resources we can provide.

HPL Social Work Staff are not able to provide any clinical services (i.e. therapy). We are able to refer you to a social service agency that can provide clinical support. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. Due to the nature of our work, we will not be available outside of these designated hours.

Drop-in services do not require an appointment. We will have a maximum of 30 minutes to meet with each patron during these hours. If after an initial meeting takes place, the social worker determines that more time is needed to address your situation, we will find a time for a scheduled appointment.

Social work services at the library are free of charge. We cannot guarantee that services we refer to you will also be free of charge, but we will always try to meet your needs. Your participation in drop-in hours and scheduled appointments is completely voluntary.

We strive for the best experience possible for all patrons. Please let us know if you have any additional questions or concerns. We are here to help!

Contact Us

Email: socialwork[at]hoboken.bccls.org

Hours Available

Monday – Friday
10:00AM – 4:30PM

Community Resource Guide

Click here to access our online Community Resource Guide, where you can find local resources in areas including:

Shelter and Housing Support
Food and Nutrition Assistance
  Mental Health and Social Supports
Veterans Resources
Substance Abuse, Treatment, and Recovery Resources
Aging and Senior Services

and more to come

Project ID

Do you need an ID? The Social Work Team hosts a Project ID Workshop on the 3rd Monday of each month, where we can help you apply for your new or replacement ID. Our Social Work Interns can connect you to other local services for further assistance, if necessary.

Our next Project ID Workshop is Monday, November 21 from 2:30-4:30 PM.

We will walk you through the process of getting the new Real ID from the MVC, including the 6 points of ID. If you need other vital documents, such as a replacement birth certificate or SS card, we can help you with that process as well.

Questions? Please email outreach[at]hoboken.bccls.org

Updated 11/1/2022 -AB