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  • Saint John Free Public Library, Central Branch
    Map of Regions, Libraries and Bookmobiles



    1, Market Sq.
    Saint John, N.B.
    E2L 4Z6
    Tel: (506) 643-7236
    Fax: (506) 643-7225
    Courriel de la bibliothèque Email
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    The library is located on the second and third floors of the Market Square complex
    Saint John Free Public Library, Central Branch
    Free Wi-Fi wireless internet available at this library Wheelchair accessible

    Closure : New Brunswick Day
    All public libraries will be closed Monday August 4, 2014. Bookmobile services will also be suspended.



    Hours
    Fall/Winter/Spring Hours:
    This schedule starts on the second Monday in September.
    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.
    Summer Hours:
    This schedule starts on the third Monday in June.
    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.


    Activities and events
    Sea Stars
    Thursday, July 3, 2014  till Thursday, August  14, 2014  7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.
    Summer Reading Club Fun!

    Puppet Show
    Friday, July 25, 2014 2:30  a.m. - 3:00  p.m.
    Summer Reading Club Fun

    Surfin' Squids
    Monday, July 28, 2014 2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Summer Reading Club Fun

    Babies in the Library
    Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:30  p.m. - 2:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Knee bounces, songs, and rhymes.

    Read-to-Me Lil' Shrimp
    Wednesday, July 30, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Summer Reading Club Storytime

    Saavy Seabeasts
    Wednesday, July 30, 2014 7:00  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Summer Reading Club Fun!

    Smart Sharks
    Thursday, July 31, 2014 2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Summer Reading Club Fun

    Toddler Time
    Thursday, July 31, 2014 6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Songs, rhymes, and fun!

    Worm Farms in the Children's Department
    Friday, August 1, 2014 2:30  p.m. - 3:30  p.m.
    Fundy Solid Waste will be presenting on Worm Farms!

    Surfin' Squids
    Monday, August 4, 2014 2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Summer Reading Club Fun

    Toddlers in the Library
    Tuesday, August 5, 2014 11:00  a.m. - 11:30  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Songs and rhymes!

    Read-to-Me Lil' Shrimp
    Wednesday, August 6, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Summer Reading Club Storytime

    Saavy Seabeasts
    Wednesday, August 6, 2014 7:00  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Summer Reading Club Fun!

    Smart Sharks
    Thursday, August 7, 2014 2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Summer Reading Club Fun

    Celebrate the Harbour Seal
    Friday, August 8, 2014 2:30  p.m. - 3:30  p.m.
    Seal crafts and more!

    Surfin' Squids
    Monday, August 11, 2014 2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Summer Reading Club Fun

    Toddlers in the Library
    Tuesday, August 12, 2014 11:00  a.m. - 11:30  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Songs and rhymes!

    Read-to-Me Lil' Shrimp
    Wednesday, August 13, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Summer Reading Club Storytime

    Saavy Seabeasts
    Wednesday, August 13, 2014 7:00  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Summer Reading Club Fun!

    Smart Sharks
    Thursday, August 14, 2014 2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Summer Reading Club Fun

    Surfin' Squids
    Monday, August 18, 2014 2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Summer Reading Club Fun

    Toddlers in the Library
    Tuesday, August 19, 2014 11:00  a.m. - 11:30  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Songs and rhymes!

    Read-to-Me Lil' Shrimp
    Wednesday, August 20, 2014 10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Summer Reading Club Storytime

    Saavy Seabeasts
    Wednesday, August 20, 2014 7:00  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Summer Reading Club Fun!

    Summer Reading Club Closing Party
    Thursday, August 21, 2014 6:30  p.m. - 7:30  p.m.
    Summer Reading Club celebration of reading club fun!

    Surfin' Squids
    Monday, August 25, 2014 2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Summer Reading Club Fun

    Toddlers in the Library
    Tuesday, August 26, 2014 11:00  a.m. - 11:30  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
    Songs and rhymes!

    Other upcoming activities and events at the Saint John Free Public Library, Central Branch
    Upcoming activities and events for all New Brunswick public libraries and bookmobiles

    Staff
    Library Director - Joann Hamilton-Barry
    Head of Reference Services - Keith MacKinnon
    Young Adult and Adult Librarian - Carole MacFarquhar
    Children's Librarian - Heather McKend
    Acting Circulation Supervisor - Mark Goodfellow

    Parking
    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 publications or browse the Virtual Reference Library.

    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 E-Resources and our Virtual Reference Library. 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.
    Partners
    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. For more information about the structure and mandate of the public library system go to the About Us section.


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