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

LEGO Table
Saturday, September  1, 2018  till Sunday, September  30, 2018  during library open hours
All ages. Drop-in and let your imagination take shape with our collection of LEGO® bricks! You bring the creativity, we supply the blocks!


Family Drop-In
Saturday, September  1, 2018  till Sunday, September  30, 2018  during library open hours
Children and their parents or caregivers can enjoy books and activity sheets based on a weekly theme. Available any time the library is open.


Ebook/Tech /Computer Help
Saturday, September  22, 2018  2:15  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Need help with your electronics? We're here to help! Stop by the library and get your devices working again!


Preschool Storytime
Saturday, September  22, 2018  10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
Ages 3-5 years. 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! No registration required.


Saturday Sketchers
Saturday, September  22, 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!


Science Storytime
Saturday, September  22, 2018  10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.
All ages. Celebrate Science Literacy Week and drop in for SCIENTERRIFIC stories and fun EXPERIMESSES!(Ages 3-5 years)


Superhero Science!
Saturday, September  22, 2018  2:30  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.
All ages. Celebrate Science Literacy Week and drop in for SCIENTERRIFIC stories and fun EXPERIMESSES!


Queen Square Farmers Market Storytent
Sunday, September  23, 2018  11:00  a.m. - 12:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
All ages. Come and see us at the Queen Square Farmers Market! Register for a Library Card or hang out with us and read some books! Rain or shine!


Science in the Square
Sunday, September  23, 2018  11:00  a.m. - 12:00  p.m.
All ages. Celebrate Science Literacy Week and drop in for SCIENTERRIFIC stories and fun EXPERIMESSES!


RA Tour
Sunday, September  23, 2018  2:30  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.
Come to the library for a tour of our reference archive’s room!


Babies in the Library
Monday, September  24, 2018  1:00  p.m. - 2:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Ages 0-18 months. Enjoy 30 minutes of rhymes, stories, and songs to share with your baby. Space is limited. Register by calling 643-7239.


Bridge Club
Monday, September  24, 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, September  24, 2018  10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
Ages 18-36 months. Bring your favourite adult to the Library for 30 minutes of songs, rhymes, & stories. No registration required.


Writing Prompts
Tuesday, September  25, 2018  12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Want help with a story? Can't figure out what to write next? Come to the library and we can help! Writing with facilitator Cathy Fynn.


Preschool Storytime
Tuesday, September  25, 2018  10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
Ages 3-5 years. 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! No registration required.


RA Tour
Tuesday, September  25, 2018  2:30  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.
Come to the library for a tour of our reference archive’s room!


RA Tour
Wednesday, September  26, 2018  2:30  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.
Come to the library for a tour of our reference archive’s room!


New Brunswick Genealogical Society Meeting
Wednesday, September  26, 2018  7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.
Contact for more info; dfraser@nbnet.nb.ca or (506) 849-7922.


Ebook/Tech /Computer Help
Thursday, September  27, 2018  7:15  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Need help with your electronics? We're here to help! Stop by the library and get your devices working again!


RA Tour
Thursday, September  27, 2018  11:00  a.m. - 12:00  p.m.
Come to the library for a tour of our reference archive’s room!


French Toddlers
Friday, September  28, 2018  10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
Ages 18-36 months. Bienvenue à la bibliothèque! Join us every Friday morning for French rhymes, songs, & stories! For families interested in practicing or learning French together. No previous French knowledge required!


French Conversation
Friday, September  28, 2018  12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Bring your lunch & practice speaking French!


Ebook/Tech /Computer Help
Saturday, September  29, 2018  2:15  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Need help with your electronics? We're here to help! Stop by the library and get your devices working again!


Preschool Storytime
Saturday, September  29, 2018  10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
Ages 3-5 years. 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! No registration required.


Kid’s Crafternoon
Saturday, September  29, 2018  2:30  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.
All ages. Drop in and make something with us.


Queen Square Farmers Market Storytent
Sunday, September  30, 2018  11:00  a.m. - 12:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
All ages. Come and see us at the Queen Square Farmers Market! Register for a Library Card or hang out with us and read some books! Rain or shine!


Orange Shirt Day
Sunday, September  30, 2018  during library open hours
All ages.


Babies in the Library
Monday, October  1, 2018  1:00  p.m. - 2:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Ages 0-18 months. Enjoy 30 minutes of rhymes, stories, and songs to share with your baby. Space is limited. Register by calling 643-7239.


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.

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