We’re Open! Click here for branch updates, hours & COVID Precautions.

All branches of the Ocean County Library will be closed Sunday, July 3rd and Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.
January 17, 2022
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library is pleased to host Seasons of Life, a month-long exhibit by Toms River photographer Carol Stauffer. The collection, which will be displayed in the Toms River Branch McConnell Gallery during February, consists of inspirational photography. For Carol, the seasons of our lives are best reflected in the changing seasons of nature. Each offers unique challenges and gifts, helping us to learn and grow. Carol... Read More
January 14, 2022
TOMS RIVER – Calling it a highly competitive grant program, Ocean County Library’s application to secure funds for a new branch library in Stafford Township recently was approved providing $4.8 million toward the building project. “Our county library staff in concert with the administration worked tirelessly to make certain our funding application would gain the state support needed to be approved,” said Ocean County Commissioner Joseph H.... Read More
January 11, 2022
JACKSON –  The Ocean County Library Jackson Branch invites you to “Healing Inward Outward,” a free, informative, interactive virtual workshop at 7 PM Tuesday, January 18. Transformational trainer, author, and career coach Faith Saunders will help participants find their personal paths of discovery, explore factors that affect perceptions and attitudes, and discuss strategies for healing inwardly and outwardly. Faith Saunders is the... Read More
December 28, 2021
BARNEGAT – See the beauty of frigid days and frosty nights, throughout January and February, at the Ocean County Library Barnegat Branch. More than a dozen Pine Shores Art Association notables are transforming it into a “Winter Wonderland.” On display will be the works of 11 brush-and-canvas artists, four clay sculptors and a poet, all presenting their perspectives of winter and nature. The works will include paintings and clay crafts by... Read More
December 27, 2021
MANCHESTER - Begin 2022 positively, by knowing how to handle emergencies and natural disasters, during a free workshop Tuesday, January 25 at the Ocean County Library Manchester Branch.  Mike Prifold of the Ocean County Health Department will discuss best practices for immediate response to unexpected situations. He will also offer information about COVID vaccination and testing sites.  Registered attendees will receive a Create... Read More
December 21, 2021
JACKSON – Renowned Jackson Township artists Sue Kolb and Robert Jenkin will return to the Ocean County Library Jackson Branch in January, to stage an exhibit that will remain on display through March. Both artists have exhibited in the Jackson Branch, Westlake Golf and Country Club in Jackson, and other local venues. Retired from daily employment, they continue to refine and expand their talents. Sue Kolb developed her skills with the... Read More
December 20, 2021
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library is pleased to announce that it will host Ocean County, an exhibit by photographer Debbie Gentile, during January. The collection, which will be displayed in the Toms River Library’s 2nd Floor Gallery, consists of local Ocean County photography. Debbie Gentile has a passion for photojournalism. Her work has been seen at the Island Heights Artists Guild, Toms River Times Newspaper and Ocean County... Read More
December 08, 2021
TOMS RIVER – Chronic conditions or diabetes can be self-managed safely and effectively, through an upcoming series of free live and virtual workshops hosted by the Ocean County Library. The workshops are funded by the Ocean County Office of Senior Services and Meals on Wheels of Ocean County, in partnership with the Ocean County Library. The Stanford University programs aim to help individuals age 60 and older reduce the risks of managing... Read More
December 08, 2021
TOMS RIVER – All branches and reading centers of the Ocean County Library will be closed Friday, December 24, and remain closed Saturday, December 25, in observance of Christmas. All Library branches and reading centers will be closed Friday, December 31, and remain closed Saturday, January 1, in observance of New Year’s Day. The Lakewood, Stafford and Toms River branches will be open 1 to 5 PM Sunday, December 26 and Sunday, January 2... Read More
December 03, 2021
STAFFORD TOWNSHIP – The Ocean County Library Branch on North Main Street, here, has undergone recent maintenance upgrades under the library’s 2021 maintenance program. “We have covered just about every area of the branch under this program,” said Ocean County Library Director Susan Quinn. “From the installation of French drains, to replacing all the carpet on the lower level with vinyl tile to painting the public and staff areas, this work... Read More