The Van Buren Branch Library is located around the corner from Ferry Street, the commercial artery of the Ironbound District, which immigrants (primarily from Portugal, Brazil, and Latin America) call home. The branch also lies within easy walking distance from Newark Penn Station, the PATH train, the City Subway, and many bus routes.
The Van Buren Branch Library parking lot contains nine parking spots. One spot is reserved for handicapped drivers. Click here for a local map.
#1 and #25 Ferry St. & Van Buren St.
The Van Buren Branch Library offers handicapped parking and handicapped access to its patrons.
The Van Buren Branch Library, located in Newark's Ironbound district, first opened its doors on September 23, 1923. For more than eighty years, the branch has been a cultural and educational center within the community, serving over 40,000 children and adults from predominately European and Latin American backgrounds. A newly renovated and expanded Van Buren Branch Library re-opened on November 19, 1997.
Located east of Penn Station, bordered by the Passaic River and surrounded by major highways and the railroad, the Ironbound feels more like a village than a neighborhood of a major city. In the 1820s, German and Irish immigrants first settled the Ironbound and worked in the factories springing up amid the Industrial Revolution. Successive waves of immigrantsincluding Italians, Poles, Slavs, Jews, Lithuanians, Spaniards, Portuguese, Brazilians, and Latin Americansfollowed this pattern, finding jobs and a chance at the American Dream in the Ironbound and Newark.
Tours of the library and an introduction to its resources and services are available to all interested schools, organizations, businesses, and groups. Contact Valerie Gores for information and scheduling at 973-733-7750.
Books and Movies
Parents, teachers, preschools, and students from grades K - 8 can benefit from our services.
For Young Adults
The Van Buren Branch has Portuguese language and Spanish language book collections. Assistance in Portuguese and Spanish is also available.
The Van Buren Branch Library has a large meeting room available for public organizations and public meetings. There is seating for approximately 50 people. Contact us for information and reservations at 973-733-7750.
Spanish Story Time with Miguel Allegre of Disney on Ice - 1/13/10
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