Meet the New Jersey State Library

Research Library Spotlight“I didn’t know you offered that,” is a common reaction from patrons who hear about the programs and services offered by the New Jersey State Library.  We are committed to providing top quality information services to state employees, Thomas Edison State University (TESU) students and staff, and members of the public.  Highlighted below are some of the State Library’s most popular resources, just in time for the New Year!

Our friendly staff at the Circulation Desk are happy to sign you up for a library card  

Get a Library Card:

A New Jersey State Library card gives all users the ability to check out books frocirculating collections and access our public computers.  Users may also access the library catalog and place holds or renew library materials from home.  State employees may request that holds are delivered to their offices.  State employees and Thomas Edison State University staff and students may also use their library cards to access electronic databases remotely and use the eBook collection.  The NJSL Library Card is free for state employees, TESU students and staff, and New Jersey residents.

Borrow Materials:

From other libraries via ILLiad.  Need a copy of an article or book that is not in the State Library’s collection?  State employees, TESU staff and TESU students may use ILLiad, the State Library’s interlibrary loan system to request these materials.

Conduct research using electronic databases:

The State Library has over 200 research databases available for use, covering a variety of topics, including law, health, science, medicine, government, and business.  Anyone may come to the State Library to access these resources on our public computers.  State employees and TESU staff and students may access certain resources remotely with their library cards.  Not sure which database to search?  Utilize the Start Your Research box on the library’s home page.

Our Test Book Collection is on the 4th Floor near the Reference Desk

Prepare for a New Jersey Civil Service exam with our test books:

The State Library maintains a collection of over 1200 National Learning Corporation exam prep guides.  While the test books are not specific to New Jersey Civil Service titles, they are an excellent tool to help prepare for many exams issued by the Civil Service Commission.

Enjoy reading eBooks on your phone or computer:

State employees and TESU staff may borrow eBooks and audiobooks from eLibraryNJ and from EBSCO eBooks.  Over 13,000 popular fiction and non-fiction titles are available via eLibraryNJ and over 15,000 non-fiction titles are available via EBSCO eBooks.  Install the free Libby app to check out books from eLibraryNJ.  EBSCO eBooks can be downloaded to your device directly in PDF or ePub format.

David Price presents an Author Talk, part of our free series of lectures and programs.

Learn something new with free classes and programs:

The State Library offers free in-house programming on a variety of subjects through our NJSL Presents and Author Talk series.  Keep up with the latest scheduled events via the Upcoming Events calendar on the Library’s homepage.


Do you have a reference or research question?

The Reference Department and Law Library are happy to help in person, via phone, text, or e-mail!  Please contact us to help with your question, or to learn more about the State Library’s collections and resources.  We look forward to hearing from you!