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


Need help with your 2020 Census? The Library has dedicated laptops available for completing your Census online and staff trained to help with Census questions.
April 30, 2020
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library provides cardholders with America’s News, a fully searchable news resource collection compiled and furnished by NewsBank.America’s News provides online access to nearly 3,500 local, regional and national news and information sources, and eight newspapers serving New Jersey and the greater New York and Philadelphia areas which are updated daily.The comprehensive database also features targeted, daily coast-to... Read More
April 30, 2020
TOMS RIVER – Want the title of your favorite author’s newest book? Have a question about Ocean County Library services? OCL’s live, real-time Chat/Text service has resumed on a modified schedule, to accommodate patrons during social distancing associated with COVID-19.The service is available Monday through Friday,10 AM to 2 PM beginning Monday, May 4.Chat/Text is optimized for most iOS and Android mobile devices. Questions can be sent via text... Read More
April 30, 2020
TOMS RIVER – Dazzling illustrations and gripping, relatable story lines give graphic novels their popularity. The Ocean County Library and hoopla® give teens and adults a new way to enjoy new and landmark graphic novels together, instantly and digitally.The first-ever hoopla® Graphic Novel Book Club features Runaways, Vol. 1: Pride and Joy, by Brian K. Vaughan, with illustrations by Adrian Alphona, as its initial Spotlight Selection.The... Read More
April 23, 2020
TOMS RIVER – Individuals and families concerned with the impact of COVID-19 on autism related services now have a comprehensive list of agencies and organizations that are providing facts and support, right in the Ocean County Library website.April is Autism Awareness Month. The OCL Autism Caregiver Resources guide features links and describes the focus of reputable nonprofit organizations, state and local agencies, social media groups, and even... Read More
April 22, 2020
TOMS RIVER – Social distancing matters, but it doesn’t interfere with dual reading competitions for Ocean County Library card holders:The Cabin Fever Challenge and the 2020 Teen Reads Challenge are as close as your computer or mobile device, and prizes await the winners.Registration for both is ongoing at the Ocean County Library website. Log selections and mark progress through the free Beanstack Tracker, available for iOS and Android, and... Read More
April 21, 2020
TOMS RIVER – The theme “Find Your Way at the Library,” were chosen to symbolize National Library Week 2020 long before anyone foresaw the impact of COVID-19. Libraries, through cyberspace, are offering people figurative shelter and actual direction through it all.The Ocean County Library’s newest video underscores its bond with patrons of all ages, and emphasizes its mission of “connecting people, building communities, transforming lives.”OCL... Read More
April 14, 2020
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library aims to serve their community, anywhere they need to be. While its 21 branches are temporarily closed, the Ocean County Library enhances services around-the-clock through their “ 22nd and 23rd Branches” – OCL’s website and social platforms.COVID-19 Updates – Everything you need to know now, updated regularly in cooperation with the Ocean County Health Department.Temporary Library Cards – OCL has made it easy... Read More
April 14, 2020
TOMS RIVER – “Find Your Way at the Library” is the theme of National Library Week 2020, and the Ocean County Library’s social media outlets and website are increasingly helping visitors find their way to a wealth of digital services.Since the start of COVID-19 precautions, OCL presence on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube have introduced web surfers to the Library’s storehouse of instructional and entertaining videos, educational tools, its free... Read More
March 21, 2020
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library will temporarily close to support the proactive measures being taken by the state of New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety Division of New Jersey State Police of Emergency Management Administrative Order No. 2020-3. Administrative Order No. 2020-03 was updated on March 20, 2020 (Executive Order No. 104). The following facilities have been added to the list of facilities closed to members of the... Read More
March 20, 2020
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library system will close beginning Sunday, March 15 through Sunday, April 5 out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our library staff and customers during the declared state and national emergencies due to the developing conditions concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19). The library plans to reopen Monday, April 6, 2020. The library is waiving all late fees and will automatically extend the due dates... Read More