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New Jersey Room - Resources for Local History: Home

The Jersey City Free Public Library offers many resources for local history and genealogy. Chief among them is our dedicated staff - so please feel free to contact us for assistance!

Welcome to The New Jersey Room!

The New Jersey Room is a collection of materials about New Jersey with an emphasis on Jersey City and Hudson County. The collection, numbering over 20,000 volumes, includes both current and historical information. In addition to books, the New Jersey Room has a complete collection of all published Jersey City/Hoboken city directories dating from 1849 to 1925; an index for the Jersey Journal for the years 1912-1954 and 1969 to 2003, a picture collection of over 13,000 images; hundreds of historic and contemporary maps; over 150 periodicals; manuscript collections; and several thousand topical files.


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Updated Hours!


The New Jersey Room, along with the rest of the Priscilla Gardner Main Library, is open for access. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday.


The NJ Room is open for both "passive use" (private study) and reference use. Depending on staffing the room may close for a lunch hour mid-day.
No appointment is required for access to the collection, but we still strongly suggest that you contact the department in advance.
Although we open for our patrons, we continue to provide remote service for local history queries. To determine if we can help remotely or if an in-person visit is required, please contact the NJ Room by email to or via the chat function - chat staff will create a referral.