New Brunswick Public Libraries

Saint John Free Public Library, Central Branch
1, Market Sq.
Saint John, N.B.
E2L 4Z6
Tel:  (506) 643-7236
Fax: (506) 643-7225
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Annual Opening Hours

Monday: 10:00  a.m. - 5:00  p.m.

Tuesday: 10:00  a.m. - 5:00  p.m.

Wednesday: 10:00  a.m. - 9:00  p.m.

Thursday: 10:00  a.m. - 9:00  p.m.

Friday: 10:00  a.m. - 5:00  p.m.

Saturday: 10:00  a.m. - 5:00  p.m.

Sunday: 10:00  a.m. - 5:00  p.m.

Activities and events

Project Bare Feet
Tuesday, January  2, 2018  till Wednesday, February  28, 2018  during library open hours
A sock drive for Saint Johners in need. 

Library’s Millennium Artplace
Friday, January  12, 2018  till Saturday, March  3, 2018  during library open hours
Art Exhibition by Dan Xu Students

French Monthly Activity
Saturday, February  24, 2018  2:30  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
In partnership with the Saint John Newcomers Centre, we invite children who are 5-7 years-old who are learning French to come practice with us.

Preschool Storytime
Saturday, February  24, 2018  10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
Give your child the skills needed to learn to read through Reading, Writing, Talking, Singing, and Playing with Every Child Ready to Read®.

Newcomers Saturday Social
Saturday, February  24, 2018  2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Come & practice your English!

E-Book/Tech Help
Saturday, February  24, 2018  2:15  p.m. - 3:15  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Do your computers, tablets or smartphones have problems that just won't go away? Or do you just need a little guidance to improve your technological skills? Drop in!

Saturday Sketchers
Saturday, February  24, 2018  10:30  a.m. - 11:30  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Practice making fun, easy pencil drawings in a relaxed atmosphere. Bring your own project or try our weekly theme.

Saturday, February  24, 2018  10:00  a.m. - 12:30  p.m.
The Children’s Department is happy to welcome this French play group, for children ages 0-5 and their families. Three hours of fun songs, stories, and play en Français.

Sunday Movie Matinees
Sunday, February  25, 2018  2:00  p.m. - 4:30  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Check out our website ( or our Library Guide for titles.

Stress Free Sundays
Sunday, February  25, 2018  2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.
Rachel, Manager of Cosmetics for Shoppers Lansdowne, will be talking about skin types, winter's effect on skin & makeup tips and tricks!

Toddler Time
Monday, February  26, 2018  10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
Bring your favourite adult to the Library for 30 minutes of songs, rhymes, & stories.

Monday Bridge Club
Monday, February  26, 2018  2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Learn & play the game of Bridge with Cliff Shaw!

Preschool Storytime
Tuesday, February  27, 2018  10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
Give your child the skills needed to learn to read through Reading, Writing, Talking, Singing, and Playing with Every Child Ready to Read®.

Writing Prompts
Tuesday, February  27, 2018  12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Writing with facilitator Cathy Fynn.

Debt Destruction Club
Tuesday, February  27, 2018  12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.
Topic: Banking - avoiding fees & finding the right account for you.

L'Arche @ the Library
Wednesday, February  28, 2018  1:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Activities led by people with intellectual disabilities. Each week will feature a different activity!

Résumé Rescue
Wednesday, February  28, 2018  1:30  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Bring your resume, cover letter, or work information & we can help you improve or create a new resume.

Upcoming activities and events for all New Brunswick public libraries.


Library Director - Joann Hamilton-Barry
Head of Reference Services - Keith MacKinnon
Head of Young Adult and Adult Services  - Tiffany Bartlett
Head of Children’s Services  - Heather McKend
Circulation Supervisor - Mark Goodfellow
Circulation Supervisor - Tina Kieffer


Parking is available on the street and in the underground parking garage.

Free parking is not available during the week. Please note that parking is free on Saturday on the street and in public parking lots.

About the Library:

Get your choice of the best books, magazines, newspapers, CDs or DVDs. We’ve got something for all ages! Search our collection thanks to our provincial catalogue. Find answers to your questions with the latest information.

We will help you with research for a special project; retrieve reliable health information and more. Start now, ask a question, check out our online Databases or browse our Recommended Websites.

There’s more to a library than books! We have activities for everyone. Use our public computers to surf the net, catch up on the news, write your resume, or tap into our online Databases and our Recommended Websites. The virtual branch of the New Brunswick Public Library Service, Electronic Library New Brunswick, is available 24 hours a day for eBook and audiobook downloads.

Ask for what you want to read. Just because something isn’t on your local library’s shelves doesn’t mean you can’t read it! Stop by, place a hold in our online catalogue, or give us a call to request an item and we’ll deliver it to the most convenient library for you.

Drop in... you’ll feel right at home!

Library Highlights:

  • Located on the second and third floors in the Market Square complex, our library offers fantastic views of the Saint John Harbour, as well as paintings, sculptures and wall hangings featuring well-known Saint John and New Brunswick artists.
  • A Computer Training Lab, which is also available for public use.

Our Special Collections:

  • The Special Collections Room is an authentic re-creation of a 19th century Victorian salon. The focus of the collections is on New Brunswickana, Canadiana, and local history materials.
  • An extensive collection of southern New Brunswick newspapers is available on microfilm.

Our History:

  • The Saint John Free Public Library, one of the oldest public libraries in Canada, was founded in 1883.

Accessible Collections & Services


In New Brunswick, public libraries exist as part of a partnership between the provincial government and participating municipalities. We gratefully acknowledge the contribution of the:

We would also like to acknowledge donations made by local community organizations and businesses. We thank you for your support.