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Hoboken Public Library's Strategic Plan
Last year the Hoboken Public Library created its new Strategic Plan for 2017 to 2021.  The Strategic Plan, which you can link to here, outlines our values, priorities, and goals for the next five years to Reimagine, Restore and Transform the Library.  You were part of this process if you completed our online survey or gave your time to a focus group. We heard you. Thank you for sharing your feedback and insights, which were integral to developing our new Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your continued support of the Hoboken Public Library.

eBCCLS merged with Cloud Library
Please be aware the eBCCLS ebook service has merged with Cloud Library. Hoboken Public Library patrons will continue to have access to Overdrive through eLibraryNJ. You can see a complete list of ebooks providers available to Hoboken Library Patrons here.

Fine and Renewal Policy Changes
The Hoboken Public Library has listened to your feedback and made changes to our fines and renewals policies!  DVD and BluRay fines have been reduced from $1 per day to $0.10 per day. CD fines were $0.25 per day, and are now $0.10 per day.  We have also removed the limits on how many DVDs, BluRays, CDs, Playaways, Audiobooks, and Magazines you can borrow.   We hope these changes enhance your enjoyment of the Library!  You can see a complete list of HPL’s fine and renewal policies on our our Circulation Policy page.

New Sunday Hours
Starting in January the Library's new Sunday hours are 10 AM to 3 PM, adding one additional hour!

Renovation Update
Substantial construction work on the Hoboken Public Library Lower Level Alterations & Exterior Stabilization project continued during the summer and fall. Both inside work continues and outside work is accelerated with the better weather. The new Garden brickwork walls were installed. The Park Avenue areaway brickwork is underway including installation of some re-used historic brick. The Park Avenue sidewalk concrete slab was poured. On the interior the electrical and mechanical system features are being installed. This includes electrical conduits and ductwork and mechanical equipment. A new elevator motor was installed above flood level and a new emergency electrical generator was installed on the elevator shaft roof. The Library can now serve as an emergency center during times of electrical failures. Framing for new soffits is underway, which is giving final shape to the room configurations.

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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