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Hurricane Sandy's Effect on NJ Libraries

Hurricane Sandy Information Center

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy we are collecting information regarding the status of New Jersey’s libraries, and will share that as it develops. Should you need information regarding disaster recovery, please visit While NJSL has no funding available to help in recovery, we do have a staff person well-versed in this area of expertise, Michele Stricker. Please contact her at if you require more detailed information.

Regarding the open/closed status of New Jersey’s libraries, NJSL staff will be canvasing webpages and contacting libraries to help populate the two documents following. Please update your status if time permits. This information will be posted here. 

Please note that the New Jersey Library Association is collecting information regarding damage to libraries, photos and stories, and BCCLS has already collected the information for their members.

As New Jersey recovers from the storm, we may contact you again so that we may put a story together of how the hurricane impacted our libraries and how our libraries assisted the residents of New Jersey. This information will be updated as we receive reports from the field.

We recognize and applaud New Jersey’s libraries as they strive to meet the needs of their communities in this time of disaster while simultaneously working toward full restoration of their services.

Read the Library Journal article at:

Mary L. Chute
State Librarian
New Jersey State Library


Would you know of any libraries in New Jersey in need of children's books up to 8th grade level? My girlscout troop is hoping to celebrate Love Your Library Month (February) by collecting new books to be donated. Thank you in advance for any information you can supply. Marcie Dewey Troop 61639
Riverdale public Library has been open since Wednesday, October 31. We are offereing free coffee and hot chocolate and free wifi.

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