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

Resume Rescue
Wednesday, August  1, 2018  till Friday, August  31, 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.


Computer Tutorial
Wednesday, August  1, 2018  till Friday, August  31, 2018  during library open hours
One-on-one help. Call 643-7224 or email ref.sjfpl@gnb.ca for appointments.


Typing Practice
Wednesday, August  1, 2018  till Friday, August  31, 2018  during library open hours
Practice on a library computer using an online typing program.


Construction Crafters
Saturday, August  18, 2018  2:30  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
All ages. Put on your hard-hat and grab some scissors and glue for SRC-themed crafts. No registration necessary, families welcome.


Construction Crafters
Sunday, August  19, 2018  2:30  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
All ages. Put on your hard-hat and grab some scissors and glue for SRC-themed crafts. No registration necessary, families welcome.


Sunday Movie Night
Sunday, August  19, 2018  2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Join us for free critically acclaimed movies!


Queens Square Farmers Market Storytent
Sunday, August  19, 2018  11:30  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, sign-up for the Summer Reading Club, or hang out with us and read some books! Rain or shine!


Toddler Time
Monday, August  20, 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


Bridge Club
Monday, August  20, 2018  1:00  p.m. - 2:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Learn & play the game of bridge with Cliff Shea!


Rocket Readers Preschool Storytime
Tuesday, August  21, 2018  10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
Ages 3-5. Explore different weekly themes & build early literacy skills by Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, and Playing with Every Child Ready to Read®.


Ready, Set, Tech
Tuesday, August  21, 2018  1:00  p.m. - 4:30  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Join Brilliant Labs & have fun learning to become a designer, inventor, engineer or scientist through hands-on activities & projects using computers, digital art-making, 3D printing, and storytelling using today’s technologies.


A Taste of Fundy Fringe
Tuesday, August  21, 2018  12:15  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.
Bring your lunch and join us in our Atrium for a noon hour of free previews from the Fundy Fringe Festival! Light refreshments will be served with an eclectic mix of local, national, and international acts!


Courtenay Bay Storytent
Wednesday, August  22, 2018  6:00  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
All ages. Join us for stories and songs in the great outdoors! Look for the Storytent and grab a book! This program will be held in the Community Room at 656 Brunswick Drive during inclement weather.


Summer Reading Club Closing Party
Wednesday, August  22, 2018  6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.
Hear an astronaut read a book in space and collect your Summer Reading Club Certificate!!


Thursday Movie Night
Thursday, August  23, 2018  7:00  p.m. - 9:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Adults welcome!


Discovery Storytime
Thursday, August  23, 2018  6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
All ages. Explore our Summer Reading Club theme each week with songs, activities, and stories! Families welcome.


A Taste of Fundy Fringe
Thursday, August  23, 2018  12:15  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.
Bring your lunch and join us in our Atrium for a noon hour of free previews from the Fundy Fringe Festival! Light refreshments will be served with an eclectic mix of local, national, and international acts!


Author Visit
Thursday, August  23, 2018  7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.
Meet Thomas L. Shanklin, author of While the City Slept.


French Conversation
Friday, August  24, 2018  12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Bring your lunch & practice speaking French!


Construction Crafters
Saturday, August  25, 2018  2:30  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
All ages. Put on your hard-hat and grab some scissors and glue for SRC-themed crafts. No registration necessary, families welcome.


Saturday Sketchers
Saturday, August  25, 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!


Queens Square Farmers Market Storytent
Sunday, August  26, 2018  11:30  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, sign-up for the Summer Reading Club, or hang out with us and read some books! Rain or shine!


Construction Crafters
Sunday, August  26, 2018  2:30  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
All ages. Put on your hard-hat and grab some scissors and glue for SRC-themed crafts. No registration necessary, families welcome.


Sunday Movie Night
Sunday, August  26, 2018  2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Join us for free critically acclaimed movies!


Toddler Time
Monday, August  27, 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


Bridge Club
Monday, August  27, 2018  1:00  p.m. - 2:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Learn & play the game of bridge with Cliff Shea!


BiblioBuzz - Eastern College Barbershop
Monday, August  27, 2018  10:30  a.m. - 3:30  p.m.
Come get your hair cut!


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


Rocket Readers Preschool Storytime
Tuesday, August  28, 2018  10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
Ages 3-5. Explore different weekly themes & build early literacy skills by Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, and Playing with Every Child Ready to Read®.


Ready, Set, Tech
Tuesday, August  28, 2018  1:00  p.m. - 4:30  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Join Brilliant Labs & have fun learning to become a designer, inventor, engineer or scientist through hands-on activities & projects using computers, digital art-making, 3D printing, and storytelling using today’s technologies.


RA Tour
Tuesday, August  28, 2018  12:00  p.m. - 12:00  p.m.
Come to the library for a tour of our reference archive’s room!


Courtenay Bay Storytent
Wednesday, August  29, 2018  6:00  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
All ages. Join us for stories and songs in the great outdoors! Look for the Storytent and grab a book! This program will be held in the Community Room at 656 Brunswick Drive during inclement weather.


Paint Night
Wednesday, August  29, 2018  6:30  p.m. - 8:30  p.m.
Participants are invited to bring in their own canvas from home and follow along with a painting tutorial. Paint and paint brushes are provided. This months painting will be a sunflower.


Discovery Storytime
Thursday, August  30, 2018  6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
All ages. Explore our Summer Reading Club theme each week with songs, activities, and stories! Families welcome.


Book Launch
Thursday, August  30, 2018  2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.
Local author Joann Hamilton-Barry will be having a book launch for her new book “There Be Pirates!”.


Journaling Meetup
Thursday, August  30, 2018  7:00  p.m. - 8:45  p.m.
Come to our meetup for fresh ideas! We will have bullet journal examples and more to get you started.


French Conversation
Friday, August  31, 2018  12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Bring your lunch & practice speaking French!


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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