Services for the Public

The New Jersey State Library borrower’s card provides residents of New Jersey with access to JerseyClicks, a portal of databases specially licensed for state residents. It also allows you to borrow books from our collections, and to use JerseyCat, a statewide interlibrary loan (ILL) system.

Obtaining a Library Card:

New Jersey residents, and those employed in New Jersey, may register as borrowers with the State Library. Non-residents may purchase an annual membership which affords borrowing privileges from our collections. Registration must be done in person, at the Library circulation desk at: 185 West State Street, Trenton, N.J.

Borrowing Books from our Collections:

Circulating items from our collections are available on loan to registered State Library borrowers. Up to five items may be borrowed. Materials must be picked up and returned at the Library. We will not mail materials. If you do not live or work in the Trenton area, you may wish to consider borrowing our materials through your local library’s interlibrary loan service. This allows you to pick up and return our materials at your local library.

Requesting Photocopies and Articles from our Collections:

The Library can provide photocopies from materials within our collections, for a fee, within copyright guidelines. Use the photocopy request form.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL):

New Jersey residents who are registered borrowers of the New Jersey State Library may use JerseyCat to initiate interlibrary loan requests for materials not held at the State Library. We will request books and journal articles from other libraries as long as the materials can be obtained at no cost. Books will be borrowed from libraries in New Jersey.  One book may be borrowed at a time. Books must be picked up at, and returned to, the State Library. Borrowers are responsible for any late or lost book fees charged by the supplying library.


The collections and resources of the New Jersey State Library are available for use by the public. See the About Our Collections page for contact information and details about the Library’s collections. Reference librarians will assist visitors in identifying and locating materials and provide research guidance.


The State Library subscribes to a number of databases, including Job and Career Accelerator, specifically for the use of all citizens of the state. These databases may be accessed via JerseyClicks by anyone with a library card from their local New Jersey public library, or the State Library.

The State Library Information Center also subscribes to many additional databases that may be used onsite by anyone who visits the library.

Public PCs:

Public computers are available on levels 3 and 4 of the library for walk-in customers.