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Welcome to the New Jersey State Library

The New Jersey State Library

At the State Library we believe access to information and libraries empowers people, organizations and government. As leader of the more than 2,000 member libraries in the NJ Library Network, the State Library takes a proactive and innovative approach in guiding libraries and providing information to foster a literate, productive and competitive New Jersey. We are especially proud of the way NJ Libraries are helping job seekers during the economic environment.

About the New Jersey State Library

The New Jersey State Library, an affiliate of Thomas Edison State College, is led by New Jersey State Librarian Mary Chute. The State Library has been offering the highest quality service to the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government for more than 200 years. The State Library's mission has expanded since its establishment in 1796 to lead in the provision, promotion and support of high quality library and information services to all the people of New Jersey. The State Library's mission is filled through the efforts of the State Library Information Center, the Library Development Bureau and the Talking Book and Braille Center.

State Library Information Center

The State Library Information Center’s major function is to provide library services to state government. These services include reference assistance, access to extensive book, document and journal collections, as well as a wide variety of databases, online journals and e-books, photocopy and interlibrary loan. The Information Center’s resources are also available to assist other libraries, Thomas Edison State College staff and students, and residents of the State.

Library Development Bureau

The Library Development Bureau provides consultant services and technical assistance to create and improve library, information and literacy services in New Jersey. The Bureau administers state and federal grant funds to public libraries. It coordinates resource sharing through the New Jersey Library Network, providing statewide access to a selection of databases. It also sponsors continuing education opportunities and recommends administrative code for libraries.

New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center

The New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center provides services to anyone living in New Jersey who for any physical reason cannot read regular printed books. Readers served by the library include people with a physical disability that prevents them from holding a book or turning its pages. Any one who is legally blind is also eligible. Applications may be obtained from the TBBC website or by calling 1-800-792-8322. The application must be signed by a doctor, nurse, optometrist, professional staff of a hospital or institution, case worker, or a librarian certifying eligibility. Individuals with a learning disability that is certified by a medical doctor may also use the library's services. The library also provides services for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

New Jersey State Library Mission Statement

The New Jersey State Library connects people with information through its service to libraries, government and people with special needs.

Connecting people with information through libraries

New Jersey State Library Values Statement

The New Jersey State Library champions excellent library services as
vital to an informed and open society. We are proactive and innovative in leading New Jersey libraries and providing information to foster a literate, productive, and competitive New Jersey. Access to information and libraries empowers people, organizations, and government.

The New Jersey State Library Staff affirms these values:

  • We believe that libraries are fundamental to the public good
  • We commit to excellence in our work by enhancing our knowledge and skills, exercising initiative, and providing the highest level of service
  • We foster an empowering environment that encourages innovation, input, and participation, which values each individual's diversity
  • We treat all people with respect and fairness and adhere to the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior
  • We manage and maximize our resources efficiently and effectively through good stewardship, cooperation, and partnerships
  • We welcome our customers and make every effort to meet their needs
  • We provide our services in a professional, timely, organized, and non-judgmental manner.