Hoboken Public Library is here to help you.

To further the library’s goal of connecting our community with the resources you need, our Library Social Worker 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 Social Worker!

Drop in to see us on Mondays from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Main Library (500 Park Avenue). 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]

Hours Available

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and 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

Unemployment Assistance

Do you need to apply for unemployment insurance? The Social Work Team hosts Unemployment Insurance Assistance every Thursday, where we can help you apply for unemployment, certify for unemployment, or check on the status of your claims. Our Social Work Interns can connect you to other local services for further assistance, if necessary.

We can also provide information about Workers Rights, including Earned Sick Leave benefits, for all New Jersey workers. Ask us any questions! This program is made possible by a New Jersey Department of Labor CARE Grant.

Questions? Please email socialwork[at]

Notary Services

Notary services are provided at the Main Branch, 500 Park Avenue.  To make an appointment, please fill out this form.  Once the form is completed, you will receive an email from our Notary Public confirming your appointment.

For assistance with appointment scheduling or any questions: Please call the Information and Digital Services Department at 201.420.2346 x 5101, or email reference[at]

Updated 5/7/2024 – AB

All Hoboken Public Library locations will be closed on Wednesday, June 19 in observance of Juneteenth.