Chat/Text service is a quick way to get answers to brief, factual questions from trained Ocean County Library (OCL) staff in real-time.
- Sample questions: When does the Brick Branch close tonight? How tall is the Barnegat Lighthouse? What is the title of the new James Patterson book?
Click here to begin a chat, or text your question (140 character limit) to (732) 943-1625. Chat/text service is available Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, Friday & Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 pm (Sunday hours September through May only).
Chat/text service is available to anyone, with a priority given to Ocean County residents. At this time, identification by zip code or library card number is not required.
If you have any questions about your library account, such as fines owed or renewing items, please call or visit your local branch during regular operating hours.
In-depth questions will be followed up via email or phone within 2 business days. The Library staff does not have specialized training/knowledge of medical, legal, financial, or statistical information. They do not interpret reference materials on those subjects, nor do they appraise books or artifacts. Library staff does not offer opinions or advice.
If the chat/text service is not available, please call or visit your local branch during regular operating hours or email us.