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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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

Knit-In
Monday, January  21, 2019  1:00  p.m. - 2:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Join us for a relaxing afternoon of knitting! Bring your project or stop by to learn how to knit.


Babies in the Library and Baby Signing
Monday, January  21, 2019  1:00  p.m. - 2:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Ages 6-24 months. Stories, songs, and rhymes for babies AND Baby Signing presented by Talk With Me. Space is limited. Please register by calling 643-7239.


Toddler Time
Monday, January  21, 2019  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, January  22, 2019  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.


Get Writing!
Wednesday, January  23, 2019  7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Practice your writing skills.


Multilingual Babies
Wednesday, January  23, 2019  10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.m.
Ages 0-3 years. A library special event: Join Talk with Me and the Library to share rhymes and songs from different cultures and languages. Space is limited. To offer to share or to register, call 643-7239.


Pop-Up Library @ The Saint John Regional YMCA
Wednesday, January  23, 2019  5:00  p.m. - 6:00  p.m.
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! Come back and see us every month! Presented in partnership with YMCA Newcomer Connections


Preschool Storytime
Thursday, January  24, 2019  6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.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.


French Toddlers
Friday, January  25, 2019  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, January  25, 2019  12:00  p.m. - 1:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Bring your lunch and practice speaking french!


Newcomer's Social
Saturday, January  26, 2019  2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Come and practice your English!


Coding Club for Beginners
Saturday, January  26, 2019  10:30  a.m. - 11:00  a.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.


Chess
Saturday, January  26, 2019  2:00  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Come to the library and learn or practice how to play chess!


Kids’ Crafternoon
Saturday, January  26, 2019  2:30  p.m. - 3:00  p.m.
All ages. Drop in and make something with us.


Coding Club for Intermediate & Advanced
Sunday, January  27, 2019  3:00  p.m. - 4:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Learn to code using SCRATCH and some of the Library’s S.T.E.A.M. & Tech gadgets! Some experience or familiarity with SCRATCH & computers is required. Space is limited. Registration is open on Friday, January 4. Please register by calling 643-7239.


Happy Family Literacy Day!
Sunday, January  27, 2019  10:00  a.m. - 12:00  p.m.
All ages. Drop in for activities and games to celebrate Family Literacy Day!


Babies in the Library and Baby Signing
Monday, January  28, 2019  1:00  p.m. - 2:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Ages 6-24 months. Stories, songs, and rhymes for babies AND Baby Signing presented by Talk With Me. Space is limited. Please register by calling 643-7239.


Toddler Time
Monday, January  28, 2019  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.


Knit-In
Monday, January  28, 2019  1:00  p.m. - 2:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Join us for a relaxing afternoon of knitting! Bring your project or stop by to learn how to knit.


Preschool Storytime
Tuesday, January  29, 2019  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.


Gender-Sexuality Alliance
Wednesday, January  30, 2019  3:45  p.m. - 5:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
It is a student led club wich provides a safe place for students to meet, support each other, talk about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, and work to end homophobia and transphobia.


Get Writing!
Wednesday, January  30, 2019  7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.  Recurring activity or event
Practice your writing skills.


Preschool Storytime
Thursday, January  31, 2019  6:30  p.m. - 7:00  p.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.


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 or associations of persons. 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.