Temporary Hours:
Toms River, Barnegat, Berkeley, Brick, Jackson, Lacey, Lakewood, Little Egg Harbor, Long Beach Island, Manchester, Plumsted, Point Boro, Stafford and Upper Shores branches will be open:
Monday through Thursday 10am – 2pm, and 3pm to 7pm
Friday and Saturday 10am – 2pm


Bay Head, Beachwood, Island Heights, Point Beach, Tuckerton, Waretown and Whiting branches will be open:
Monday 10am – 2pm, and 3pm – 7pm
Tuesday through Saturday 10am – 2pm
October 16, 2020
TOMS RIVER – All branches of the Ocean County Library will be closed Tuesday, November 3, in observance of Election DayPatrons are welcome to access the Library’s catalog, digital resources and databases at www.theoceancountylibrary.org.
October 08, 2020
WHITING – The Ocean County Library’s Whiting Reading Center will be closed until Monday, October 12.Patrons and visitors are welcome to browse, check out and return items at the Library’s 20 other locations throughout Ocean County.Patrons also are welcome to visit the Library website to place requests for titles, check the calendar of events, access OCL’s digital services and databases, and keep up to date about election voting information,... Read More
October 06, 2020
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library will offer a free virtual program, “Human Trafficking,” 6:30 PM Thursday, October 22.It will be presented by Jaimee Johnson, founder and Chief Executive Officer of the advocacy group Sisters of the Streets.Mrs. Johnson holds multiple awards and recognitions for her support and mentorship efforts. She encourages communities to identify and eliminate conditions that contribute to exploitation.The free program... Read More
October 01, 2020
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library’s 21 branches and reading centers celebrate 95 years of “connecting people…building community…transforming lives” with a series of videos, now displayed through the Library’s website and YouTube channel.The 95th Anniversary collection is a series of vignettes, spotlighting each branch and the relationships that they share with their surrounding communities. They can also be viewed at www.... Read More
September 22, 2020
TOMS RIVER – Ocean County Library connects its community to Appalachia in October, through the “Big Read” spotlight on the award-winning Burning Bright by Ron Rash.The Ocean County Library and the Toms River Regional School District are collaborating on the Big Read, a grant program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The goal is to bring communities together in programming and conversation around a work of... Read More
September 02, 2020
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library System has added four Scholastic Library services to its expansive list of digital resources.Scholastic Library Publishing provides digital nonfiction resources for learners of all ages. Their intuitive platforms support the achievement of core proficiency skills including: building strong content knowledge, setting a purpose for reading, comprehending and evaluating a range of texts, and using technology... Read More
August 28, 2020
TOMS RIVER – Want to catch up on local doings in your favorite Ocean County newspaper, but haven’t got a copy handy? They’re now as close as your computer, laptop, pad or mobile device through the Ocean County Library website.The newest additions to the Library’s menu of services are links to the Asbury Park Press and Times-Beacon, Burlington County Times, The Coaster, Jersey Shore Online, the Toms River, Berkeley, Manchester, Jackson, Brick and... Read More
August 24, 2020
TOMS RIVER – All branches of the Ocean County Library will be closed Monday, September 7, in observance of Labor Day. All branches will resume temporary hours Tuesday, September 8. Patrons are welcome to visit the Library’s website, www.theoceancountylibrary.org.
August 21, 2020
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library Toms River Branch invites patrons to be part of a free virtual discussion with bestselling author Claire Legrand at 6 PM Wednesday, September 16.Ms. Legrand will share anecdotes and discuss her career path, finding inspiration, forming a unique voice, living with mental illness, and fostering empathy. A short question-and-answer period will follow the presentation.Her mystical stories appeal to adults, teens... Read More
August 13, 2020
TOMS RIVER – As part of its Educational Initiative, the Ocean County Library has added the World Book eBooks Suite to its digital materials.World Book eBooks enhance learning for grades K through 12 with more than 2,500 illustrated titles in multiple curriculum areas and reading levels.Users can browse, search, bookmark, save, and annotate selections, integrate books into platforms for school use, and link to multimedia resources. Many titles... Read More