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The Hoboken Public Library is pleased to announce an upcoming renovation, beginning in 2016.

Completion of this project will involve full renovation of the Lower Level, including two additional programming rooms with state of the audio-visual equipment; an art exhibit space; exterior stabilization of the Library building; construction of an outdoor Reading Garden; flood-proofing of the Lower Level; and, full renovation of the Library’s Main Entrance.

The Hoboken Public Library Building first opened its doors in the year 1897 as a public library and a Manual Training School.  It underwent its first renovation shortly after opening with the aim of expanding the Library space, adding the mezzanine and connecting the third floor with a beautiful marble staircase.

During the recent years, the Hoboken Public Library renovated its roof and cupola in 2002  and added an elevator and ADA accessible entrance to the building in 2007.

The Library developed a mufti-year capital plan aimed at bringing the Library Building to the 21st Century. The first phase renovation is expected to last approximately 14 months.

The project is funded by the New Jersey Historic Trust, Sandy Disaster Relief Grant for Historic Properties, Hudson County Open Space Grant, the City of Hoboken, and the Hoboken Public Library Capital Reserve Fund.

During the renovation, the Library might have temporary closings, but will remain in full operation during most of the time. The Library will make an attempt to arrange for an alternative library services during the time of temporary closings.

During the construction period, the Library staff will keep the public up-to-dated via its website and social media.

The Library Trustees and staff are excited about this investment in the Library’ future.  They look forward to providing a considerable expanded space for the future library and community events. The Library will continue to provide an excellent service to the thousands of resident who rely on this institution to support education, lifelong learning and cultural enrichment for many years to come.

Now Get Streaming Music From Freegal
Freegal Music allows HPL card holders access to hundreds of thousands of songs.  Starting January 1st, our Hoboken Library Resident Library Cardholders will now have access to three hours of streaming music per day.  You can listen to Adele’s new album while you exercise or set up a playlist of some of some of your favorite songs to listen to while you commute! Library card holders can also continue to download up to five tracks in the MP3 format each week to keep.

Patrons will have access to two BrainFuse services HelpNow and JobNow from home and in the library.  You will need to enter your library card at home but will not need a library card when using any device connected to the library’s wifi. 

HelpNow: Online Homework Help and The Adult Learning Center
BrainFuse’s HelpNow is a suite of services designed to assist with a range of homework needs, including live, one-to-one homework help between 2 PM-11 PM each day, live New Jersey-aligned skills building (includes Common Core where appropriate), test preparation, and writing assistance.  Students can draw or type their question in the online classroom and receive live homework assistance from a tutor who help students master the assignment’s underlying concepts.  Students have access to an extensive library of Brainfuse-created lessons, video tutorials, and practice tests including those for the SAT, GED, GRE, and more.  Users can archive documents and class notes in their personal CloudPack. 
The Adult Learning Center offers skills building and test preparation, and a unique academic skills center featuring live, online tutors.  The Adult Learning Center offers both live writing assistance and an intensive writing lab to help users produce business letters, term papers, job resumes, or other writing. 

JobNow: Online Job Assistance
JobNow provides online resources for job seekers, including access to trained career experts who provide live, one-to-one interview coaching and resume assistance from 2 PM-11 PM. Patrons also enjoy 24/7 access to a carefully-selected library of job resources. eParachute helps recent high school and college graduates and job-seekers identify their ideal job opportunities. 




Free Online Learning with Universal Classes
Learn something new today with over 500 free online courses.  Whether you want to prepare for taking the GED or  learn to  bake, there is a course for you with Universal Classes.  Just click on the link at the bottom of the library homepage  You can access the service within the library without a library card.  Hoboken Public Library Resident Card holders will be able to access the service from home with their library card numbers.  You are welcome to enroll in up to 5 non-credit enrichment courses.  You have up to 6 months to finish each course.  You have access to your course 24/7 via the Internet.  The courses are easy to navigate and you can even take a basic introductory class in online learning.  Attend class and do assignments on your schedule.  Each course has an instructor who you may communicate with using e-mail.  So whether it is Microsoft Excel, Creative Writing or Gardening start learning today!

TXT Notifications Now Available
Receive TXT notifications when:

  • Your requested items are ready to be picked up
  • Your items are overdue
  • One of your holds has been canceled

You can opt into receiving text notifications from within the library catalog by following these steps:

  1. Sign into your library account from the BCCLS homepage.
  2. You should automatically be directed to the "My Record" section of your account. (If you do not see your name and the last four digits of your library card number, hover over the "My Account" button and click on the "My Record" option.)
  3. Click on the "Contact Information and Preferences" box.
  4. Scroll down the page. If you have not already entered your cell phone number, enter it in the white box.
  5. If you have not selected a carrier (i.e., AT&T, Verizon, etc.), select your carrier from the drop-down menu. If your carrier does not appear in the drop-down menu, you are not eligible to receive TXT notifications.
  6. Select the "Send TXT to this number" radio button to the right of the phone number at which you wish to receive TXTs.
  7. If you want to receive TXT notifications exclusively and you do NOT wish to receive email notifications, select "TXT Messaging" from the drop-down menu below the words "My preference for receiving library notices". If you want to receive TXT notifications in addition to email notifications, leave this preference set to "Email Address".
  8. Click the "Submit Change Request" button.
  9. You should receive a confirmation that your preferences have been changed. Going forward, you should begin receiving TXT notifications.
    Your Regular Text Messaging Rates Apply.
    Please see the circulation desk for assistance.



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