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

Jigsaw Lending Library
Friday, September  1, 2017  till Thursday, November  30, 2017  during library open hours
We now have jigsaw puzzles you can borrow using your library card!


QuaranTEEN!
Wednesday, November  1, 2017  till Thursday, November  30, 2017  12:00  p.m. - 2:00  p.m.
Weekdays - come hand out during your lunch break!


Teen Lounge
Wednesday, November  1, 2017  till Thursday, November  30, 2017  4:00  p.m. - 5:00  p.m.
After school hangouts with different activities including games, coloring & more!


Toddler Time
Monday, November  20, 2017  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, November  20, 2017  2:00  p.m. - 3:30  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Learn & play the game of bridge with Cliff Shaw!


Writing Prompts - With Cathy Fynn
Tuesday, November  21, 2017  12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Drop-in for some guided creative writing and discussion.


Preschool Storytime
Tuesday, November  21, 2017  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. Explore weekly themes with stories, rhymes, crafts, and activities!


National Novel Writing Month: Come Write In!
Tuesday, November  21, 2017  2:00  p.m. - 5:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Participate in NaNoWriMo - Bring a computer or use one of ours.


Résumé Help
Tuesday, November  21, 2017  2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Bring your résumé & cover letter for a tune up or come with a list of your skills, education, volunteer and job history - we’ll help you create a résumé & cover letter.


DIY On A Dime
Tuesday, November  21, 2017  4:00  p.m. - 4:45  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Create gifts, decorations, etc. on a limited budget.


Debt Destruction Club
Tuesday, November  21, 2017  12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.
Topic: Credit Basics with Gary Flanagan, Program Coordinator, Saint John Community Loan Fund


Tuesday Tea & Poetry
Tuesday, November  21, 2017  2:30  p.m. - 3:30  p.m.
Short but Sweet: Haikus & Couplets


Writing Prompts - With Cathy Fynn
Wednesday, November  22, 2017  6:00  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Drop-in for some guided creative writing and discussion.


Résumé Help
Wednesday, November  22, 2017  1:00  p.m. - 2:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Bring your résumé & cover letter for a tune up or come with a list of your skills, education, volunteer and job history - we’ll help you create a résumé & cover letter.


L'Arche @ the Library
Wednesday, November  22, 2017  1:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Activities led by people with intellectual disabilities, including movie showings, crafts, art, and literacy activities.


French Early Learners
Wednesday, November  22, 2017  10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
Bienvenue à la bibliothèque! Join us every Wednesday morning for French rhymes, songs & stories! For families interested in practicing or learning French together.


Homework Help
Wednesday, November  22, 2017  4:00  p.m. - 5:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Have homework? Drop in - we can help!


Older Adult Council Meeting
Wednesday, November  22, 2017  2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.
This is the Fall meeting for the O.A.C.


Family Storytime
Thursday, November  23, 2017  6:00  p.m. - 6:30  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
30 minutes of stories, rhymes, and songs for the whole family just before bedtime. Pyjamas welcome!


E-Book/Tech Help
Thursday, November  23, 2017  7:15  p.m. - 8:15  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Drop-in with your device and/or questions!


Thursday Evening Movies @ the Library
Thursday, November  23, 2017  7:00  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Thursday nights @ 7pm. Check out the library guide or our website (www.saintjohnlibrary.com) for titles.


National Novel Writing Month: Come Write In!
Thursday, November  23, 2017  6:00  p.m. - 9:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Participate in NaNoWriMo - Bring a computer or use one of ours.


Scrabble Fridays
Friday, November  24, 2017  1:30  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Bring friends or make new ones! Boards provided.


Bébés à la bibliothèque
Friday, November  24, 2017  10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
Enjoy 30 minutes of rhymes, stories, and songs to share with your baby. For families interested in learning or practicing French together


French Conversation Cafe
Friday, November  24, 2017  12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Drop-in, bring your lunch & practice your French!


PD Day in the Bored Room
Friday, November  24, 2017  1:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.
No school? Drop in for fun activities including LEGO, games, and crafts.


Newcomers Saturday Social
Saturday, November  25, 2017  2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Come & practice your English!


Chess Club
Saturday, November  25, 2017  2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Drop-in and play chess. Boards provided.


Saturday BLOCK Party
Saturday, November  25, 2017  11:00  a.m. - 2:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Drop-in and let your imagination take shape with our collection of LEGO® bricks! You bring the creativity, we supply the blocks!


Free Movies for Adults - Saturday Afternoons
Saturday, November  25, 2017  2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Saturday afternoons @ 2pm. Check out the library guide or our website (www.saintjohnlibrary.com) for titles.


Preschool Storytime
Saturday, November  25, 2017  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. Explore weekly themes with stories, rhymes, crafts, and activities!


E-Book/Tech Help
Saturday, November  25, 2017  2:15  p.m. - 3:15  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Drop in with your device and/or questions!


Sensory Storytime
Saturday, November  25, 2017  2:30  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.
30 minute program of stories, songs, rhymes and sensory play activities. For children of all abilities, especially those with special needs. Space is limited.


Sunday Movie Matinee
Sunday, November  26, 2017  2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Saunday afternoons @ 2pm. Check out the library guide or our website (www.saintjohnlibrary.com) for titles.


Sunday Movie Matinee
Sunday, November  26, 2017  2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Sunday afternoons @ 2pm. Check out the library guide or our website (www.saintjohnlibrary.com) for titles.


Game On! Video Gaming at the Library
Sunday, November  26, 2017  2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Grab a controller and game on! Choose from select Xbox One or Xbox 360 console games. Bring a friend!


National Novel Writing Month: Come Write In!
Sunday, November  26, 2017  2:00  p.m. - 5:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Participate in NaNoWriMo - Bring a computer or use one of ours.


Résumé Help
Sunday, November  26, 2017  2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Bring your résumé & cover letter for a tune up or come with a list of your skills, education, volunteer and job history - we’ll help you create a résumé & cover letter.


Sunday BLOCK Party
Sunday, November  26, 2017  1:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Drop-in and let your imagination take shape with our collection of LEGO® bricks! You bring the creativity, we supply the blocks!


Minecraft Drop In
Sunday, November  26, 2017  3:30  p.m. - 4:30  p.m.
Drop in and play Minecraft! No registration needed!


Monday Bridge Club
Monday, November  27, 2017  2:00  p.m. - 3:30  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Learn & play the game of bridge with Cliff Shaw!


Toddler Time
Monday, November  27, 2017  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.


National Novel Writing Month: Come Write In!
Tuesday, November  28, 2017  2:00  p.m. - 5:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Participate in NaNoWriMo - Bring a computer or use one of ours.


Résumé Help
Tuesday, November  28, 2017  2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Bring your résumé & cover letter for a tune up or come with a list of your skills, education, volunteer and job history - we’ll help you create a résumé & cover letter.


Writing Prompts - With Cathy Fynn
Tuesday, November  28, 2017  12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Drop-in for some guided creative writing and discussion.


Preschool Storytime
Tuesday, November  28, 2017  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. Explore weekly themes with stories, rhymes, crafts, and activities!


Homework Help
Wednesday, November  29, 2017  4:00  p.m. - 5:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Have homework? Drop in - we can help!


Résumé Help
Wednesday, November  29, 2017  1:00  p.m. - 2:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Bring your résumé & cover letter for a tune up or come with a list of your skills, education, volunteer and job history - we’ll help you create a résumé & cover letter.


L'Arche @ the Library
Wednesday, November  29, 2017  1:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Activities led by people with intellectual disabilities, including movie showings, crafts, art, and literacy activities.


French Early Learners
Wednesday, November  29, 2017  10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
Bienvenue à la bibliothèque! Join us every Wednesday morning for French rhymes, songs & stories! For families interested in practicing or learning French together.


Writing Prompts - With Cathy Fynn
Wednesday, November  29, 2017  6:00  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Drop-in for some guided creative writing and discussion.


E-Book/Tech Help
Thursday, November  30, 2017  7:15  p.m. - 8:15  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Drop-in with your device and/or questions!


Thursday Evening Movies @ the Library
Thursday, November  30, 2017  7:00  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Thursday nights @ 7pm. Check out the library guide or our website (www.saintjohnlibrary.com) for titles.


Family Storytime
Thursday, November  30, 2017  6:00  p.m. - 6:30  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
30 minutes of stories, rhymes, and songs for the whole family just before bedtime. Pyjamas welcome!


National Novel Writing Month: Come Write In!
Thursday, November  30, 2017  6:00  p.m. - 9:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Participate in NaNoWriMo - Bring a computer or use one of ours.


Art Workshop
Thursday, November  30, 2017  7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.
Beginner painting series. All skill levels welcome


Scrabble Fridays
Friday, December  1, 2017  1:30  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Bring friends or make new ones! Boards provided.


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.