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DANFORTH (MAIN) LIBRARY 
250 Broadway
Paterson, NJ 07501
973-321-1223 
Fax:  973-321-1205
                                
Sunday hours run from October through May.
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SOUTHSIDE 
930 Main St.
Paterson, NJ 07503
973-357-3020 
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TOTOWA
405 Union Ave.
Paterson, NJ 07502
973-942-7198

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NORTHSIDE

Christoper Hope Center

60 Temple St.

Paterson, NJ 07522

973-321-1309

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To reach the Danforth (Main) Library
CAR
From New York City - GW Bridge
Take Route 80 Express to Exit 58B (Madison Ave., Paterson).  Continue on Madison Avenue to Broadway (also known as Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard), approximately 7 traffic lights.  Turn left onto Broadway (westbound) and continue for three traffic lights.  Make a left onto Summer Street (directly after the 3rd traffic light), and then immediately right onto Van Houten Street, from which you will be able to enter the parking lot in the rear of the Library.  (See map below.)
From Route #17
Take Route 17 to Route 4 West (towards Paterson).  Route 4 becomes Broadway (also known as Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard) when it enters Paterson.  Drive about 2 miles through 8-10 lights straight down Broadway until Summer Street (across from a gas station - no light).  Make a left onto Summer Street, and then an immediate right onto Van Houten Street, from which you will be able to enter the parking lot in the rear of the Library.   (See map below.)
From Garden State Parkway
From northbound Garden State Parkway, take Exit #155 (to Route 80 and Route 19).  Exit onto Route 19 North (left exit).  Follow Route 19 about 3 miles.  As the road ends stay in the left lane going towards "Downtown Paterson".  Route 19 becomes Ward Street.  Proceed through 4 lights; at the fifth light (Memorial Street) turn left.  Continue  through three lights;  turn right at the fourth light onto Broadway (also known as Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard).  Proceed approximately 1/2 mile.  The library will be on your right.  On-street parking is available in the front of the library but, if necessary, go past the library; turn right onto Summer Street; right onto Van Houten; right into the parking lot.   (See map below.)

From southbound Garden State Parkway, take the exit onto Route 80 West which is just after the Bergen Toll.  Take Route 80 West to Exit 58B (Madison Ave., Paterson).  Continue on Madison Avenue to Broadway (also known as Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard), approximately 7 traffic lights.  Turn left onto Broadway, (westbound) and continue through three traffic lights.  Make a left onto Summer Street (directly after the 3rd traffic light), and then immediately right onto Van Houten Street, from which you will be able to enter the parking lot in the rear of the library.   (See map below.)

From Route #46 East
From eastbound Route 46 - about one mile past the Route 46/Route 3 split - take the exit marked Broad Street (this is immediately before the ramp to the Garden State Parkway North).   At the light at the end of the exit ramp turn left onto Route 19/Broad Street.  Follow Route 19 about 3 miles.  As the road ends stay in the left lane going towards "Downtown Paterson".  Route 19 becomes Ward Street.  Proceed through 4 lights; at the fifth light (Memorial Street) turn left.  Continue  through three lights;  turn right at the fourth light onto Broadway (also known as Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard).  Proceed approximately 1/2 mile.  The library will be on your right.  Go past the library; turn right onto Summer Street; right onto Van Houten; right into the parking lot.   (See map below.)

From Route #46 West
From westbound Route 46 - proceed through Clifton Center - take the exit marked Garden State Parkway South/Route 19.  This is an odd ramp because it immediately forks, the right fork leads onto the Parkway South; the left fork leads to Route 19.  TAKE THE LEFT FORK!   DO NOT GET ON THE PARKWAY!  Follow Route 19 about 3 miles.  As the road ends stay in the left lane going towards "Downtown Paterson".  Route 19 becomes Ward Street.  Proceed through 4 lights; at the fifth light (Memorial Street) turn left.  Continue  through three lights;  turn right at the fourth light onto Broadway (also known as Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard).  Proceed approximately 1/2 mile.  The library will be on your right.  Go past the library; turn right onto Summer Street; right onto Van Houten; right into the parking lot.  (See map.)

BUS
The following NJ Transit buses can be used to reach the Main library:
#171: The route follows Broadway, and there are stops close to the library. 
#161: Get off at the Municipal Complex at Washington St. and Broadway. The library is about 5 blocks east along Broadway. 
#746, #748: These routes pass the library on Broadway. 
#74, #190: These routes end at the Paterson Bus Terminal.  The library is about 7 blocks east along Broadway. 
For information about schedules and routes, contact New Jersey Transit or call 1-800-772-2222 (in NJ) or 1-973-762-5100 (out of state). 

In addition the M1 of the Minority Buslines runs along Broadway from the Port Authority Terminal in NYC. For more information call 1-212-594-1130 or 1-973-345-1400.

TRAIN
The Main Line of  NJ Transit stops at the Paterson Station on Market and Ward Streets. (One block west of Straight St.)  Walk north on Straight to Broadway (about 5 blocks).  Make a right, the library is located on Broadway one block up.
For information about schedules and routes, contact New Jersey Transit

 

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