Learning at NJSL

To support lifelong learning and development, the State Library offers free programs, presentations and training. Through different methods of delivery including in-person, online and on-demand, the State Library offers all its users the opportunity to explore a wide range of topics and to interact with others also interested in learning.

Author Talks

Chris Grabenstein at the NJ State LibrarylThroughout the year, Author Talks are scheduled during the 12-1 p.m. period and are held in the Level 2 Reading Room. The talks are free and the subjects vary and correspond with one of the State Library’s collections. To date talks have covered topics including, law, New Jersey history, New Jersey authors, immigrant experiences and the environment. Author talks are generally held once a month. Please check the program listing and register if you would like to attend.

Lunchtime Learning

Andrea teaching lunchtime learning classThese in-person classes and online webinars, usually scheduled during the lunch hours, provide information on the resources and services available from the State Library. Check the schedule for the most recent offerings and to register.  A new variation on the Lunchtime Learning classes is Lightning Talks which feature multiples speakers giving short presentations on a unified theme.  Anyone interested in the topics covered during the Lunchtime Learning sessions can view handouts, class materials, and other information in the Lunchtime Learning blog.

Online Tutorials and Archived Webinars

Still image from online tutorialThese short videos introduce you to different sections of the New Jersey State Library’s website and guide you through the steps to use some of our online services and resources.  Also included are recordings of webinars that were offered as part of our Lunchtime Learning classes and other online training opportunities. Keep checking back for new videos or subscribe to the State Library’s YouTube channel to receive updates

On-Demand Training

Trustee Institute photo 2009 bannerIndividuals or groups interested in learning about specific library tools, databases and services can request on-demand training. Classes may be held at the State Library or another location, depending on the topic, resources needed, and other considerations. Contact the Reference Department to inquire about on-demand training.


What people are saying about our programming:

  • Always interesting.
  • Excellent fun and informative.
  • Its nice to get information about New Jersey.
  • The intellectual content was great.
  • These events are excellent.
  • Looking forward to seeing more of these.
  • Great presentation and wonderful energetic speaker!
  • State Library is a great lunchtime resource!
  • I appreciate these workshops and their times. It makes it feasible for a working person to keep on learning.