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The New Jersey State Library building.

Street Address: 185 W. State St., Trenton, NJ 08608
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 520, Trenton, NJ 08625
Phone: 609-278-2640
Fax: 609-278-2652

Ask a Librarian

Visiting the State Library

State Library Arranged by Subject Area


Administrative Code Review

Bob Keith, ext. 192,


Bar Codes

Casey Confoy, ext. 114,

Business Outreach

Andrea Simzak Levandowski, ext. 190,


Circulation Desk

ext. 104,

Community Engagement

Michele Stricker, ext. 164,

Construction (Facilities)

Sheri Shafer, ext. 137,

Continuing Education

Michele Stricker, ext. 164,



Bob Keith, ext. 192,


Emergency Preparedness for Libraries

Michele Stricker, ext. 164,


Andrea Levandowski, ext. 190,


Michael Maziekien, ext. 125,


Grants Manager

Maura Walsh, ext. 136,


Information Technology

609-278-2640, ext. 198,

Interlibrary Loan (State Employees and TESU)

David Braunsberg, ext. 171,


JerseyCat (Interlibrary Loan – Public Libraries)

Casey Confoy, ext. 114,


Reach us at or visit the JerseyClicks page above


Free technology services for all New Jersey public libraries.


Law Reference Desk

ext. 102,

Library Consulting, Librarian Certification, Library Law, Library Network, Library Site Visits, Library Trustees

Michele Stricker, ext. 164,

Library Directors (Public), Library Statistics, Local Library Support Fund

Bob Keith, ext. 192,


Marketing & Communications


New Jersey Library Network

Michele Stricker, ext. 164,

NJPUBLIBS The Directors’ Listserv


Open Public Records Act

Sheri Shafer, ext. 137,


Per Capita State Aid

Bob Keith, ext. 192,
Michele Stricker, ext. 164,

Public Libraries

Michele Stricker, ext. 164,

Purchasing (Public Libraries)

Bob Keith, ext. 192,


Reference Desk

ext. 103,

Regulation update, adoption and re-adoption

Bob Keith, ext. 192,

Return of Funds

Michele Stricker, ext. 164,


School Libraries – Liaison to NJASL Board

Sharon Rawlins, ext. 116,

State Aid (Public Libraries)

Bob Keith, ext. 192,

Statewide Interlibrary Loan

Casey Confoy, ext. 114,

Statewide Library Cooperative

Michele Stricker, ext. 164,

Statewide Shared Services

Michael Maziekien, ext. 125,


Bob Keith, ext. 192,

Summer Reading

Sharon Rawlins, ext. 116,


Talking Book & Braille Center

800-792-8322, ext. 0,


Michael Rasimowicz, ext. 198,


Young Adult Services

Sharon Rawlins, ext. 116,

State Holiday Closing Schedule

New Jersey State Library, and the Talking Book & Braille Center, are closed Saturdays and Sundays and on the following dates observed in 2024:

Monday, January 15 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, February 19 – Presidents Day
Friday, March 29 – Good Friday
Monday, May 27 – Memorial Day
Friday, June 21 – Juneteenth Day (Observed)*
Thursday, July 4 – Independence Day
Monday, September 2 – Labor Day
Monday, October 14 – Columbus Day / Indigenous People’s Day
Tuesday, November 5 – Election Day
Monday, November 11 – Veterans Day
Thursday, November 28 – Thanksgiving Day
Wednesday, December 25 – Christmas Day

*Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation (S19), which designates the third Friday in June as a State and public holiday, known as Juneteenth Day.

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Office of the State Librarian

The State Librarian, Jennifer R. Nelson, serves as representative to the governor’s office, the legislature, state agencies and state wide organizations. The Office of the State Librarian promotes exemplary service in accordance with New Jersey Library Law; supports professional development through LibraryLinkNJ, the New Jersey Library Cooperative; is responsible for Information Technology, the Business Office, and the office of Communications, Marketing & Outreach. This office is also responsible for Library Development.

Office of the State Librarian Staff

Jennifer R. Nelson, State Librarian, ext. 101,

Sheri Shafer, Chief Operating Officer, ext. 137,

Maura Walsh, Grants Manager, ext. 136,

Keyonna Dingle, Professional Services Specialist, ext. 149,

Stephanie Kowalski, Confidential Assistant to State Librarian, ext. 151,

Business Office Staff

LaKia Allen, Finance Manager, ext. 117,

Theo Severino, Professional Services Specialist, ext. 168,

Communications, Marketing & Outreach

The New Jersey State Library is committed to educating the public about the value of libraries through public awareness campaigns, community outreach and media relations. New Jersey’s public libraries are encouraged to use statewide campaigns and publicity guidelines established by the State Library, to educate their communities about library resources and the opportunities they create.

Learn more about the office of Communications, Marketing & Outreach.
Contact Communications, Marketing & Outreach by email at

Information Technology

The New Jersey State Library Office of Information Technology.

Information Technology Contact Information

Phone: 609-278-2640, ext. 198

Contact the Information Technology office by email at


Free technology services for all New Jersey public libraries:

  • Email hosting and management
  • Spam and virus email filtering
  • Website hosting with statistics and SSL certificates
  • Managed WiFi Service
  • Cloud storage for library data
  • Library ILS hosting
  • Domain name hosting
  • Remote PC access with remote support chat
  • Virtual meeting and webinar hosting
  • Consultation on technology projects

Additional services for libraries connected to the JerseyConnect network:

  • Premium internet access with guaranteed bandwidth
  • Free router with full-service management
  • Bandwidth reporting
  • QoS guarantees
  • E-rate filing assistance

For more information about JerseyConnect contact: (866)-468-7043, email, or visit

Library Development Bureau

The Library Development Bureau coordinates programs for libraries to help them increase capacity to serve their local communities. These sections facilitate the administration of state and federal grants, and provide statewide services such as: continuing education and training for library directors, staff and trustees, interpretation of library law and legislation, interlibrary loan, statewide online electronic resources, statistics and surveys, and the development of statewide programs, pilot projects and special initiatives that support key areas of continuing need.

Learn more about the Library Development Bureau here.

Library Development Bureau Staff

Michele StrickerDeputy State Librarian of the Library Development Bureau, ext. 164

Bob Keith, Director of Library Law, State Aid and Statistics, ext. 192

Casey Confoy, JerseyCat, ext. 114

Sharon Rawlins, Youth Services Specialist, ext. 116

Andrea Levandowski, Adult Services Specialist, ext. 190

Michael Maziekien, Project Specialist, Shared Services, ext. 125

State Library Information Center

The State Library Information Center provides services to State governmentThomas Edison State Universitylibraries, and the public.

Learn more about the State Library Information Center here.

 Ask a Librarian

State Library Information Center Staff


Phone: 609-278-2640

Maria Baratta, Director, State Library Information Center & Head of Reference Services
ext. 107,


Phone: 609-278-2640, ext. 104

Interlibrary Loan

Phone: 609-278-2640, ext. 171

David Braunsberg, Reference Librarian,

Law Library

Phone: 609-278-2640, ext. 102

Reference Services

Phone: 609-278-2640, ext. 103

Department of Environmental Protection Research Library Branch
Tonia Wu, Librarian, (609) 940-4141,

Attorney Generals Office / Law & Public Safety Library
Renee Pistone, Project Specialist, (609) 376-2566,
Christina Snyder, Part-Time Library Assistant, (609) 376-2566,

Technical Services

Edith Beckett, Supervisor, ext. 110,

Talking Book & Braille Center

  • Services to New Jersey residents with physical, visual or reading disabilities
  • Braille, downloadable audiobooks and magazines
  • Digital talking book machines
  • Newsline – reading service for national and local New Jersey news
  • Learn more about the Talking Book & Braille Center.


Phone: 800-792-8322, ext. 0
Fax: 609-406-7181


Ask a Talking Book & Braille question

You can find answers to frequently asked questions here.

  • Hours: The Talking Book & Braille Center is open Monday-Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm; closed on Saturdays, Sundays and State Holidays.

Talking Book & Braille Center Location and Staff

Adult Services

Phone: 800-792-8322

Fax: 609-406-7181

Please hold the line to speak with a reader’s advisor.

Children and Teen Services

Phone: 800-792-8322, ext 823

Fax: 609-406-7181

Jennifer Apgar, Youth Services Librarian, ext. 823,

Other Departments and Staff



Phone: 800-792-8322, ext. 0
Fax: 609-406-7181

Adam Szczepaniak, Director, ext. 801,

Elizabeth Burns, Associate Director, ext. 804,

Claudia Albertson, Program Assistant, ext. 802,

Gary Zonderwyk, ILS Administrator, ext. 825,

Assistive Technology Loan Program


Phone: 800-792-8322

Andre Gaynair, Tech Loan Driver, ext. 820,

Christian Riehl, Assistive Technology Coordinator, ext. 821,

Development Department


Phone: 800-792-8322

Linda Cerce, Development & Volunteer Coordinator, ext. 835,

Machine Lending


Phone: 800-792-8322

Gary Zonderwyck, ext. 825,

Reader Services & Outreach


Phone: 800-792-8322

Liz KellyAdult Services Librarian, ext. 805,

Stephen FelleOutreach Librarian,  ext. 812,

Luisa Martucci, Hispanic Outreach Coordinator, ext. 822,

Gail StokesReader’s Advisor, ext. 824,

These opportunities are made possible in part with funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the New Jersey State Library.