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National Library Week - April 13th through April 17th*

In case you didn't know: our library is the first public library in New Jersey voted in by its citizenry.  Help us celebrate our 129th birthday on Sunday, the 13th!  Click here for information.

As our gift to you we are having a fine free week.  Bring in your stuff and we'll remove the late fees.  Click here for the fine (pun intended) print.
Take Action Support NJ Libraries
Please consider sending a message to NJ Legislators.  This will take 10 minutes or so.


*We know that's not a full week but we are closed Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.  Enjoy the holidays.






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PATRONS!!  WANT SOMETHING??  Click here to make a suggestion about purchasing a book, DVD or CD - we will try our best to get it.


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From the New Jersey State Library


JerseyClicks is the portal for searching the databases subsidized by the NJ State Library.  You can have access to these data bases from your home when you enter your library card number.

JerseyCat is the portal for searching the catalogs of most of the libraries in the state.  You can request materials with a valid library card number.

Please note:  Patrons interested in using the internet services must read our Internet Policy.



The people of Paterson are extraordinarily fortunate to have two top-rate, hyperlocal newspapers as well as online access to over 500  newspapers from all over the world in every language you can imagine.

Find your favorite and let us know what it is.  



Joe Malinconico is the editor of, a news service dedicated to the City of Paterson, owned by The Citizens Campaign and in a relationship with NJMG. announced in March that it will not only continue to operate its local news presence in Paterson, but Publisher Michael Shapiro stated that the award-winning site will soon be expanding its coverage and offering even more ways for Paterson residents to access their local news.
  Find information on topics related to business, careers, economics, education, health,  politics and more from a variety of news media including newspapers, newswires, blogs, periodicals, videos and web-only content including the Herald News, The Record and the Star-Ledger.
  Over 500 newspapers from all over the world viewable as printed!  Yes, you read that right - newspapers and publications from all over the world, Albania through Zimbabwe. 

Homework help from is back!!  One-on-one, online,  real-time tutoring for students from k-12 and all adult learners.  Available 4-10 every day.   Paterson library card necessary. Click here.


Upcoming events

Children's Calendar, April, 2014

Children's Calendar, Southside, April, 2014

Mobile Home Page

City of Paterson - Financials

FY2014 Budget as Adopted



"When not in circulation books read each other."  Christopher Hewat

The largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices. An easy-to-use interface allows searching by name, date range, or text.

Job Help 

Paterson Jobs  click  for craigslist jobs in our area - updated continually 

One of many job searching tools - TRY THIS!








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Audio and e-books; many devices including the Nook and Sony readers, the iPhone and Blackberry  Click here for instructions

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