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

Computer Tutorial
Friday, June  1, 2018  till Saturday, June  30, 2018  during library open hours
One-on-one help. Call 643-7224 or email ref.sjfpl@gnb.ca for appointments


Résumé Rescue
Friday, June  1, 2018  till Saturday, June  30, 2018  during library open hours
Need help creating or updating your résumé and cover letter? Please call Sarah at 643-7224 to book a 1-hour appointment.


French Conversation
Friday, June  22, 2018  12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Bring your lunch & practice speaking French!


Bébés à la bibliothèque / Massage pour bébés
Friday, June  22, 2018  10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
Register for Bébés à la bibliothèque and Infant Massage.


Preschool Storytime
Saturday, June  23, 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®.


Ebook/Tech /Computer Help
Saturday, June  23, 2018  2:15  p.m. - 3:15  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Drop in with any questions regarding your computer, phone, eReader. We'll do our best to help!


Summer Reading Club Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, June  23, 2018  during library open hours
Follow the clues to find your logbook! Scavenger Hunt will be available all summer any time the library is open.


Movie Night
Sunday, June  24, 2018  2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Join us for a movie every Sunday in June starting at 2pm.


Outdoor Storytime – Queen Square Farmers Market
Sunday, June  24, 2018  11:00  a.m. - 12:00  p.m.
Come and see us at the Queen Square Farmers Market! Register for a Library Card, sign-up for the Summer Reading Club, or hang out with us and read some books! Rain or shine!


Escape the Library
Sunday, June  24, 2018  1:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.
We built our own room escape! Come to the library and try to crack the code!


Bridge Club
Monday, June  25, 2018  1:00  p.m. - 2:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Learn & play the game of bridge with Cliff Shea!


Toddler Time
Monday, June  25, 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.


Kids Crafternoon
Monday, June  25, 2018  2:30  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.
Explore & discover different professions and careers with crafts!


Preschool Storytime
Tuesday, June  26, 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®. Explore weekly themes with stories, rhymes, crafts, and activities! Younger children welcome with a caregiver.


Writting Prompts
Tuesday, June  26, 2018  12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Writing with facilitator Cathy Fynn.


Summer Reading Club Puppet Show
Tuesday, June  26, 2018  2:30  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.
Families welcome!


L’Arche @ the Library
Wednesday, June  27, 2018  1:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
All are welcome to attend.


Meet Your Makerspace with Science East
Wednesday, June  27, 2018  2:30  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.
Get acquainted with the Saint John Free Public Library’s NEW Makerspace! Join us & our friends from Science East and explore new tech gadgets, coding, and other cool resources!


New Brunswick Genealogical Society Meeting
Wednesday, June  27, 2018  7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.
Our speaker will be Faye Marks on the topic St. Martins' Shipbuilders.


Family Storytime
Thursday, June  28, 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!


Movie Night
Thursday, June  28, 2018  7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Join us for a free movies every Thursday in June starting at 7pm.


Ebook/Tech /Computer Help
Thursday, June  28, 2018  7:15  p.m. - 8:15  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Drop in with any questions regarding your computer, phone, eReader. We'll do our best to help!


Kids Crafternoon
Thursday, June  28, 2018  2:30  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.
Explore & discover different professions and careers with crafts!


French Conversation
Friday, June  29, 2018  12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Bring your lunch & practice speaking French!


Button Making
Friday, June  29, 2018  2:30  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.
Help us make art out of older magazines, books, and bookmarks by creating wearable buttons! Try out the Library’s very own button maker and wear your art proudly!


Preschool Storytime
Saturday, June  30, 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®.


Saturday Sketchers
Saturday, June  30, 2018  10:30  a.m. - 11:30  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
Practice making fun, easy pencil drawings in a relaxed atmosphere. Bring your own project or try our weekly theme. No experience required!


Ebook/Tech /Computer Help
Saturday, June  30, 2018  2:15  p.m. - 3:15  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Drop in with any questions regarding your computer, phone, eReader. We'll do our best to help!


Upcoming activities and events for all New Brunswick public libraries.


Staff

Library Director - Joann Hamilton-Barry
Head of Reference Services - Keith MacKinnon
Acting Head of Young Adult and Adult Services  - Daniel Teed
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.