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 Social Worker!
Drop in to see us on Mondays from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Main Library (500 Park Avenue) and every other Friday from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at our Grand Street Branch (124 Grand St). 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!
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
Substance Abuse, Treatment, and Recovery Resources
Aging and Senior Services
and more to come
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, August 21st 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 socialwork[at]hoboken.bccls.org
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]hoboken.bccls.org.
Updated 8/10/2023 -AB