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.
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
July 31, 2020
TOMS RIVER – Your valid Ocean County Library card will be your passport to a world of free music, videos and audiobooks through the Freegal® streaming and downloading service beginning Monday, August 10.Provided by Virginia-based Library Ideas, LLC, the Freegal® catalog contains more than 16 million songs, more than a million albums, more than 75,000 music videos and more than nine-thousand audio books from 100 countries, released through Sony... Read More
July 08, 2020
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library will collaborate with the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey in a free webinar about preventing substance abuse in children and teens, 1 PM Tuesday, July 14.Registration is under way for the 30-minute multi-media virtual program, viewable in the comfort of your home.Viewers will gain awareness of fears, anxiety and stress that children and teens are undergoing related to COVID-19. The presentation will... Read More
June 26, 2020
TOMS RIVER – Thank you Ocean County Library customers for your continued patience and support during this extraordinary time. As you miss the library, we miss you as well! We are excited to share with you our plans for reopening the library.As you may be aware, the Governor recently permitted libraries the ability to reopen at 25% capacity beginning July 2nd. We have developed a phased reopening plan to provide service in the safest way possible... Read More
June 19, 2020
TOMS RIVER – Managers and staffers of the Ocean County Library are busy getting ready to resume services.Ocean County Library would like to thank our customers for your continued patience and support during this extraordinary time. As you miss the library, we miss you as well! We look forward to the day when we can open our doors again.As you may be aware, the Governor recently permitted libraries the ability to provide contactless pickup of... Read More