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


Sunday Movie Matinees
Sunday, January  21, 2018  2:00  p.m. - 4:30  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Free movies for mature viewers.


Résumé Rescue
Sunday, January  21, 2018  3:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Bring your resume, cover letter, or work information & we can help you improve or create a new resume.


Man in the Moon™
Sunday, January  21, 2018  11:00  a.m. - 12:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
An early literacy program for Dads & other male caregivers. Songs, rhymes, stories & lullabies bring Dad & baby together.


Furry Friends Exam Stress Buster
Sunday, January  21, 2018  12:00  p.m. - 2:00  p.m.
Step away from the stress of exams to spend some time with a certified therapy dog.


Toddler Time
Monday, January  22, 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, January  22, 2018  2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Learn & play the game of Bridge with Cliff Shaw!


Writing Prompts
Tuesday, January  23, 2018  12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Writing with facilitator Cathy Fynn.


French Conversation Group
Tuesday, January  23, 2018  12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Bring your lunch & practice speaking French!


L'Arche @ the Library
Wednesday, January  24, 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, January  24, 2018  1:30  p.m. - 3:30  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Bring your resume, cover letter, or work information & we can help you improve or create a new resume.


Microsoft Word Basics
Wednesday, January  24, 2018  7:00  p.m. - 8:15  p.m.
Learn how to use the most popular word processing software on Earth!


Board [games] After School
Thursday, January  25, 2018  4:00  p.m. - 5:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Spend your time after school playing classic or contemporary games.


Baby Signing & Babies in the Library
Thursday, January  25, 2018  1:00  p.m. - 1:30  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Stories, songs & rhymes for babies & Baby Signing presented by Talk With Me.


Family Storytime
Thursday, January  25, 2018  6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
30 minutes of stories, rhymes, and songs for the whole family just before bedtime. Pyjamas welcome!


E-Clinic/Tech Help
Thursday, January  25, 2018  7:15  p.m. - 8:15  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Drop in with your questions and/or device for tech help!


Free Movies for Adults
Thursday, January  25, 2018  7:00  p.m. - 8:45  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Thursday evening movies - for mature viewers


Scrabble Fridays
Friday, January  26, 2018  1:30  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Fun with friends – boards provided!


Multilingual Babies in the Library
Friday, January  26, 2018  10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.
A library special event: Join Talk with Me and the library to share rhymes and songs from different cultures and languages.


Saturday Sketchers
Saturday, January  27, 2018  10:30  a.m. - 11:30  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
Bring a project or try our weekly theme.


Preschool Storytime
Saturday, January  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, & Playing with Every Child Ready to Read®. Stories, rhymes, crafts & activities.


Newcomers Saturday Social
Saturday, January  27, 2018  2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Come & practice your English!


E-Clinic/Tech Help
Saturday, January  27, 2018  2:15  p.m. - 3:15  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Drop in with your questions and/or device for tech help!


Chess Club
Saturday, January  27, 2018  2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Learn how to play chess or improve your skills.


Preschool Storytime
Saturday, January  27, 2018  10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.
Join us for a special storytime and activities to celebrate the ways families share language and reading.


Saint John String Quartet
Saturday, January  27, 2018  2:30  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.
The Saint John String Quartet presents Viva La France!


Sunday Movie Matinees
Sunday, January  28, 2018  2:00  p.m. - 4:30  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Free movies for mature viewers.


Man in the Moon™
Sunday, January  28, 2018  11:00  a.m. - 12:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
An early literacy program for Dads & other male caregivers. Songs, rhymes, stories & lullabies bring Dad & baby together.


Toddler Time
Monday, January  29, 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, January  29, 2018  2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Learn & play the game of Bridge with Cliff Shaw!


University & College Application Help
Monday, January  29, 2018  till Tuesday, January  30, 2018  3:00  p.m. - 5:00  p.m.
Teens - let us help with your post-secondary applications!


Writing Prompts
Tuesday, January  30, 2018  12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Writing with facilitator Cathy Fynn.


Debt Destruction Club
Tuesday, January  30, 2018  12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.
January topic: Budgeting Basics & ‘Power Payments’ with Gary Flanagan.


L'Arche @ the Library
Wednesday, January  31, 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, January  31, 2018  1:30  p.m. - 3:30  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.


Staff

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

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


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.