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Van_Buren_Branch_Library Van Buren Branch Library

140 Van Buren Street   (Map)
Newark, NJ 07105
(973) 733-7750, Adult Room
(973) 733-3897, Children's Room


Hours

Location
Bus Routes
Map
Handicapped Access
History
Tours
Virtual Branch Tour
Collections/Services for:
   Adults
   Children and Young Adults
Programs – calendar of events
Bilingual Services
Community Meeting Room
Event Photos

Location

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.

Bus Routes

#1 and #25 Ferry St. & Van Buren St.

Handicapped Access

The Van Buren Branch Library offers handicapped parking and handicapped access to its patrons.

History

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 immigrants—including Italians, Poles, Slavs, Jews, Lithuanians, Spaniards, Portuguese, Brazilians, and Latin Americans—followed this pattern, finding jobs and a chance at the American Dream in the Ironbound and Newark.

Tours

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.

Collections and Services for Adults

Books and Movies

  • Diverse collection of nonfiction books
  • Books from weekly bestseller lists
  • Popular video collection (DVD/VHS)
  • Portuguese collection and expanding Spanish collection for adults
  • Guides and manuals for standardized tests
  • Cassette players
Computers
  • Word processing
  • Internet
  • Access to the library's electronic resources
  • Computer assistance
  • Computer classes

Collections and Services for Children and Young Adults

Parents, teachers, preschools, and students from grades K - 8 can benefit from our services.

For Children

  • Help finding materials for homework assignments
  • Books, book and cassette sets, and magazines to read for fun
  • Picture books for the early readers
  • Portuguese and Spanish collection
  • Popular video collection (DVD/VHS)
  • Cassette players
  • Computers for:
    • Word processing
    • Internet
    • Access to the library's electronic resources
  • Computers assistance
Special activities are held throughout the year, including the popular Summer Reading Challenge. Preschool and kindergarten classes can visit and enjoy stories, films, and other fun activities.

For Young Adults

  • Fiction, non-fiction, and paperback books
  • Books for high school assignments and papers
  • Graphic novels
  • Careers books

Bilingual Services

The Van Buren Branch has Portuguese language and Spanish language book collections. Assistance in Portuguese and Spanish is also available.

Community Meeting Room

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.

Event Photos

Spanish Story Time with Miguel Allegre of Disney on Ice - 1/13/10
Princess Tiana of Disney on Ice Visits Van Buren - 11/17/09
Twilight Tuesday - 11/17/09
Make Your Own Wizard?s Hat - 7/21/07

 

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