All branches of the Ocean County Library are closing at 5:00pm today, Wednesday, June 7th, due to air quality conditions.

The Whiting Reading Center and the Tuckerton Branch are currently experiencing an issue with their phone lines.
To contact the Whiting Reading Center or Tuckerton Branch, please call the Toms River Branch at 732-349-6200 and ask the operator to forward your call to the Whiting Reading Center or Tuckerton branch.


Our student services are designed to make it easy to share library materials with you and help you succeed.




Get a Library Card

Is your school in Ocean County? If the answer is yes, this means you can get a library card for free. With your card, you have access to over hundreds of databases, thousands of e-books, millions of print books, and so much more.

Your library card can get you:

  • Online tutoring
  • Streaming movies and music on your device
  • Research help
  • Video games
  • DVDs & Blu-rays
  • Print & eMagazines
  • Anime, manga, & graphic novels
  • And so much more

Please see our Get a Library Card page to start your application today.

Free Events

Our library offers programs just for you:

Online Homework Help and Tutoring

We offer free, live, one-on-one, online tutoring through brainfuse - HelpNow. This HelpNow offers tutoring in math, science, writing, language learning, and other subjects for elementary, middle school, high school, and college students. It also features a writing lab that gives feedback on written assignments within 24 hours and much more.

All brainfuse tutors have at least a four-year degree and undergo background checks.

HelpNow also includes live, online help for Spanish speakers.

All tutoring services are available daily from 2 – 11 pm seven days a week.

Better than a Wiki Search

Did your teacher remind you that everything you read online may not be true? They’re right! The Library has reliable sources that your teachers will love. We provide free access to over 100 of these reliable Digital Resources with your library card. You can access all these teacher-friendly resources at any one of our locations; most of them are available anywhere with an internet connection, including your smartphone.

We can help you find help with:

  • Free Afterschool Tutoring
  • Social Studies
  • Newspapers
  • Mathematics
  • Health & Science
  • En Espanol
  • Elementary
  • High School
  • Intermediate
  • Language Learning
  • Language Arts
  • Job & Career

Streaming eMaterial

Can’t get to the library? Stream it in real-time anywhere with internet access. We offer a variety of eBooks, emagazines, audiobooks, streaming video and music on our Digital Materials page.

Listed below are various resources to access digital and downloadable content for free.

Enjoy eBooks, audiobooks, movies, magazines, and more! All resources contain materials for children, teens, and adults.


  Audiobooks eBooks eCourses Magazines Newspapers Streaming Music Streaming Video
Access Video Just for Kids            
Access Video On Demand            
BookPage: Discover Your Next Great Book
In-library Access | Remote Access
Freegal: 24 hour streaming music**          
Libby by OverDrive        
LinkedIn Learning for Library            
New York Times
In-library Access | Remote Access
New York Times Games
In-library Access | Remote Access
The Philadelphia Inquirer            
The Press of Atlantic City            
The Star-Ledger            
The Trenton Times            
TumbleBookLibrary (For Kids)          
Universal Class            
Wall Street Journal
In-library Access | Remote Access
World Book            


*We are pleased to offer hoopla digital borrowing, which provides eBooks, eComic books, eAudio, and digital film, magazines, and music to Ocean County Library resident cardholders.

**Freegal provides 24/7 digital streaming access, plus 3 song downloads per week, to over 15 million songs, audiobooks, and music videos for Ocean County Library resident cardholders.

*** Kanopy video streaming service provides four checkouts per month for Ocean County Library resident cardholders.

For help and support with these digital materials, please visit our help page.


Need a New Read?

Fall in love with a book and want a similar read? What should you read after finishing the latest John Green book? We can help! Check out the suggested reads in some cool genres like: dystopia, graphic novels, manga, superheroes, historical fiction, fantasy, & health and wellness.

Recommended Reads for: Children and Teens.

You can also discover new titles and “read-a-likes” of your favorite books with NoveList.

  • NoveList K-8 Plus: Teens, Middle, and Elementary School recommendations. You can search by reading levels, genres, or series.
  • NoveList Plus: Book discussion guides, booklists, describe a plot, explore fiction and find similar books.

Chat Live with Library Staff

Did you know you can chat live with a library staff member? Questions can be asked via:

  • Text Message → 732-943-1625

Live services are available Monday – Thursday 9-9, Friday & Saturday 9-5, and Sunday 1-5*

*Sunday hours are available September through May.

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