The New Jersey State Library is located at:
185 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08608
View online maps to the library:
- Directions to the library from any location using Google Maps (when the window opens, click on “Directions” and then enter your address in the box labeled A.)
- Capitol Complex map
- From the north on Route 1
- From the south on Route 295
- From the east on Route 195
- From the New Jersey Turnpike (either direction)
- Visitor Parking
- When you leave: going north, going south.
Take the exit for Interstate Route 95 South — Pennsylvania. Stay on Route 95 to the last exit in New Jersey. Follow signs for Route 29 South (Trenton.) Take Route 29 into Trenton. You will see the white dome of the planetarium on your left. Move into the left lane and take the exit marked “Memorial Drive.” Once you have taken the Memorial Drive exit, The War Memorial Building will be ahead on your left just past the traffic light. Move to the RIGHT lane and circle to the RIGHT through Parking Lot 5. Go straight at the light, and make a quick left. You will be at the back of the State House. A guard will ask you for ID. Indicate that you are going to the State Library and you will be directed to park in the State House garage.
Take Route 295 North to the exit marked Trenton and Shore Points. On the exit ramp, bear left onto Route 129 toward Trenton. As you merge onto 129, move into the leftmost lanes and follow them around to the left through the Route 29 Tunnel, following Route 29 North. As you come through the tunnel you will see the Waterfront Stadium on your left (home of the Trenton Thunder). Move into the rightmost lanes on Route 29 North and follow to the Memorial Drive exit. (Follow the directions from the Memorial Drive exit above or the Calhoun Street exit below.)
Alternative for the Memorial Drive exit – Calhoun Street exit: if you prefer to park on the street at meters, follow the directions as given above but instead of the Memorial Drive exit, take the next exit, which is Calhoun Street. Make a right at the light onto West State Street. You will see the State Museum on your right. The State Library is just past the State Museum at 185 West State Street. There is metered parking on the street.
Take Route 195 West toward Trenton. It becomes Route 129 as you approach the city. Proceed into the leftmost lanes and follow signs to Route 29 North and the Tunnel. You will bear around to the left. (As you go through the tunnel Waterfront stadium will be at the light, on your lefthand side.) Move into the rightmost lanes on Route 29 North and follow to the Memorial Drive exit. (Follow the directions from the Memorial Drive or Calhoun Street exit above.)
Take the New Jersey Turnpike to Exit 7A, Trenton. Take Route 195 West toward Trenton. It becomes Route 129 as you approach the city. Proceed into the leftmost lanes and follow signs to Route 29 North and the Tunnel. You will bear around to the left. (As you go through the tunnel Waterfront stadium will be at the light, on your lefthand side.) Move into the rightmost lanes on Route 29 North and follow to the Memorial Drive exit. (Follow the directions from the Memorial Drive exit or Calhoun Street exit above.)
Visitors may use street parking at meters on West State Street (use the Calhoun Street exit directions) or may park in the State House garage (use the Memorial Drive directions).
Note: Appropriate ID is required for New Jersey State Library visitors.
You will be asked to present ID to park in the garage. Please see the library guard upon entering the building to receive a visitor pass.
See the Trenton Parking Authority’s web site for additional parking options.
If you parked at street level, exit the library on Level 3. If you parked in the garage, exit at Level 2 of the Library. Go through the doors, make a right and take the elevator to the level where you parked.
Exiting from the garage:
To go north on Route 29:
Bear right, just past the guard’s booth, onto the ramp to Route 29 North. In approximately five miles, you will see signs for Route 95 (South and North).
To go south on Route 29:
Make a right at the stop sign just past the guard’s booth, followed by a left at the light. Move over into the right lane. Make a right at the stop sign and continue on Route 29 South. Follow this to head toward Route 295 South or 195 to the Shore Points.
Exiting from West State Street:
Turn left onto West State Street. Turn left at the Calhoun Street light and get into the rightmost lane to take either Route 29 South or Route 29 North.
- From the Trenton Rail Station to the Library by bus
- To the Trenton Rail Station from the Library by bus
Bus and Train Schedules are available from the New Jersey Transit web site.
Visitors coming to the New Jersey State Library via the Trenton Train Station can take one of the Capital Connection bus lines (601, 606, 608, 609, and 619) to get to the library.
According to Capital Connection Transit Schedule (available in pdf format), to get to the New Jersey State Library, board any of the following bus lines at the East Bus Stop on S. Clinton Avenue (next to the Trenton Rail Station and across from the River LINE Station):
- 601 to the College of New Jersey
- 606 to Princeton
- 609 to Quakerbridge Mall/Hamilton
- 619 to Mercer County College
- Capital Connection Shuttle (CCS) to Downtown/State House
Or board the following bus line at the North Bus Stop on Raoul Wallenberg Boulevard (across from the station):
- 608 to West Trenton
The New Jersey State Library is located approximately 100 yards from the New Jersey State House.
Visitors wishing to get from the New Jersey State Library to the Trenton Train Station can take one of the the Capital Connection bus lines (601, 606, 608 and 609) that stop in front of the library on West State Street.
According to Capital Connection Transit Schedule (available in pdf format), to get to the Trenton Train Station, board the following bus lines at any bus stop on the south side of State Street:
- 601 to Hamilton
- 606 to Hamilton/Mercerville/Foxmoor
- 608 to Hamilton
- 609 to Quaker Bridge Mall/Hamilton
- 619 to Mercer County College
- Capital Connection Shuttle (CCS) to Rail Station/River LINE
At the Trenton Rail Station/River LINE Station, the 601, 606, 609, 619 and CCS will stop at the West Bus Stop (South Clinton Avenue across from the Trenton Rail Station by Mercer Cemetery.) The 608 will stop at the South Bus Stop (Raoul Wallenberg Boulevard east of entrance to the Trenton Rail Station).