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

Writing Prompts with Cathy Fynn
Tuesday, October  23, 2018  12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Looking for inspiration or simply need feedback on your work? Come to writing prompts and see if we can help!


Hired!
Tuesday, October  23, 2018  during library open hours  Recurring activity or event
Oct. 2nd : Career Cruising. Oct. 9th : Resume & Cover Letters Oct. 16th : Applying Oct. 23rd : Interviewing Oct. 30th : Mock Interviews PLEASE call 643-7224 to register for free!


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


L'ARCHE @ The Library
Wednesday, October  24, 2018  1:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Activities led by people with intellectual disabilities, including movie showings, crafts, art, & literacy activities. All welcome.


Pop-Up Library @ The Saint John Regional YMCA
Wednesday, October  24, 2018  5:00  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.
All ages. New this Fall, come in and use the Library at the YMCA on Churchill Boulevard! Get a FREE Library Card, learn about our programs and services, or checkout some books, CDs, or DVDs!


Paint Night
Wednesday, October  24, 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 pumpkins.


NB Genealogical Society Meeting
Wednesday, October  24, 2018  7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.
Looking for help finding family history? These guys can help!


E-book/Tech/Computer Help
Thursday, October  25, 2018  7:15  p.m. - 8:15  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Drop in with your device and let us help.


Coding for Girls
Thursday, October  25, 2018  7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Ages 9-14 years. Learn to code using SCRATCH and some of the Library’s S.T.E.A.M. & Tech gadgets! No coding or computer experience necessary. Registration is required. Please call 643-7239.


Man in the Moon
Thursday, October  25, 2018  6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
An early literacy program for Dads, Step Dads, Grand Dads, Uncles, Foster Dads, and any other male caregivers with children 0-18 months.


Music Listening Club
Thursday, October  25, 2018  6:30  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.
Enjoy a discussion about popular music.


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


French Toddlers
Friday, October  26, 2018  10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
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, October  26, 2018  12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Come in & practice your French. All levels welcome.


Ebook/Tech/Computer Help
Saturday, October  27, 2018  2:15  p.m. - 3:15  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Bring your device and let us help.


Chess
Saturday, October  27, 2018  2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Join in a fun afternoon of chess; all skill levels are welcome and beginners are encouraged!


Newcomers’ Saturday Social
Saturday, October  27, 2018  2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Come & practice your English!


Preschool Storytime
Saturday, October  27, 2018  10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.  Recurring activity or event
Explore weekly themes with stories, rhymes, crafts, and activities! Younger children welcome with a caregiver.


Perfectly Royal Dress-Up Party
Saturday, October  27, 2018  2:30  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.
All ages. Join our friends from Perfectly Royal Princess Parties for a special storytime! Stories, songs, crafts, and costumes await all of the Princesses & Knights in the land!


Coding Club
Sunday, October  28, 2018  3:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Ages 8-12 years. Learn to code using SCRATCH and some of the Library’s S.T.E.A.M. & Tech gadgets! No coding or computer experience necessary. Registration is required. Please call 643-7239.


Sunday Movie Matinee
Sunday, October  28, 2018  2:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
See our guide or call 634-7224 for more details!


Toddler Time
Monday, October  29, 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.


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


Writing Prompts with Cathy Fynn
Tuesday, October  30, 2018  12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Looking for inspiration or simply need feedback on your work? Come to writing prompts and see if we can help!


Hired!
Tuesday, October  30, 2018  during library open hours  Recurring activity or event
Oct. 2nd : Career Cruising. Oct. 9th : Resume & Cover Letters Oct. 16th : Applying Oct. 23rd : Interviewing Oct. 30th : Mock Interviews PLEASE call 643-7224 to register for free!


L'ARCHE @ The Library
Wednesday, October  31, 2018  1:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Activities led by people with intellectual disabilities, including movie showings, crafts, art, & literacy activities. All welcome.


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.