Newark Public Library
2nd Floor, Main Library
5 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 733-7779 or
fax: (973) 733-5648
Text messaging reference service: 201-563-1034
CDL number for New Jersey librarians: 1539
The Reference Center provides information about all subjects, including antiques,
architecture, biography, business, career information, composers and composing,
dance, economics, education, entertainment, fine art and artists, genealogy,
geography, government, graphic arts, history, languages, literature, the music
business, music history and theory, mythology, philosophy, psychology, pure and
applied sciences--including astronomy, automotive repair, biology, chemistry,
health and medicine, home improvement, and mathematics—religion, social sciences,
sports, technology and travel.
This division serves as the statewide reference center for libraries researching
art, business, music, patents and trademarks, and U.S. government documents
Separate from the Reference Center is the Charles F. Cummings New
Jersey Information Center, which collects books, manuscripts, dissertations,
photographs, maps, albums, newspapers and other serial publications, directories,
census records, genealogies, audiovisual media, realia, and other materials about New Jersey.
The Newark Public Library is a New Jersey State Documents Depository. Indexes to the
collections are created by staff to answer questions of all kinds about Newark,
Essex County, and New Jersey. The librarians’ web guides for Newark and
for New Jersey provide links to useful Internet resources. Archival and contemporary,
scholarly and popular, the Center serves as an information hub for librarians
The Library is designated as both a Patent and Trademark Resource Center and
a Regional Depository for U.S. Government Publications. Provided are:
- Patents and Trademarks: Information about the Patent and Trademark
Collection, search guides, and links to the Patent and Trademark Office.
- U.S. Government Publications: Information on the extensive Newark Public Library
Regional Depository Collection and links to Internet sites from the federal government.
Significant print collections include:
The Reference Center collection offers materials about the biographical and
historical aspects of the African-American experience. Available for consultation are:
- African American Culture and History
- Black Biographical Dictionaries 1790-1950
- Blacks in Selected Newspapers Censuses and Other Sources: An Index to Names and Subjects
- Contemporary Black Biography
- Encyclopedia Africana
- Index to Black Periodicals
- Kaiser Index to Black Resources
- The Schomburg Clipping File
Please refer also to the web guide for African-American topics.
Art resources devoted to all time periods and places include auction and exhibit records, catalogues raisonnées, histories, biography, and criticism. The art information files feature exhibition catalogs, biographical clippings, and pamphlets. Among the significant titles in the extensive reference collection are:
- Allgemeines Kunstler Lexicon
- Art in Latin America
- Benezit's Dictionary of Artists
- Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide
- Grove's The Dictionary of Art
Please refer also to the web guide for art topics.
The Reference center provides a wealth of biographical materials, including
(but not limited to) nearly all of the volumes indexed in all editions of
the Biography and Genealogy Master Index—a guide to biographical sketches in
books and magazines.
Please refer also to the web guide for biographical information.
The vast business collection encompasses current and historical materials of value to
the entrepreneur, the stock holder, and the business researcher. Among the most
noteworthy sources are:
- Capital Changes Reporter, with financial history of securities.
- Financial Stock Guide Service, with current listings of active and worthless securities.
- Morningstar Mutual Funds provides ratings of mutual funds.
- S&P's Daily Stock Price Record: American (from 1972-present), New York (from 1961-present), and OTC (from 1968-present).
- Trade and business directories.
- Value Line reviews stock performance.
Retrospective Business Collections include:
- Annual reports
- Retrospective microfiche collection, 1961-1994 for selected companies on the New York and American Exchanges
- Moody's Dividend Record, 1959-present
- Moody's Manuals, complete series on microfiche:
- Banking and Finance, 1928-present
- Industrial, 1920-present
- International, 1981-present
- Municipal and Government, 1918-present
- OTC, 1970-present
- Public Utility, 1914-present
- Transportation (formerly Railroad Manual), 1909-present
- Unlisted OTC, 1986-present
- National Stock Summary, 1922-present
- New Jersey Industrial Directories, 1913-present
- Scudder and Fisher Manual of Extinct or Worthless Securities, 1926, 1928, 1930, 1937-1976
- Thomas Register of American Manufacturers, 1912-present
- Wall Street Journal microfilm, 1899-present
Please refer also to the web guide for business topics.
The literature section specializes in literary criticism for the traditional canon,
as well as for the literature of diverse populations; the holdings are particularly
strong for African-American authors. Also of note in the reference collection are the
over 200 books of quotations and the 2,000 poetry anthologies. The anthologies
represent most of the books indexed in all the editions of the Columbia-Granger Index
to Poetry. Circulating materials supplement this vast collection, and several
databases further enhance research.
Please refer also to the
web guide for literature topics.
For patrons looking for the words and music to songs, the Library offers, in addition
to the traditional sources, its own "Song Collection Database," an index to over
200,000 songs in the reference collection. Also in the circulating and reference
collections are music scores for classical, folk, jazz, opera, and popular works, as
well as librettos for operas and operettas. Available for loan are over 6,000 compact
discs. The reference collection boasts such sources as: Contemporary Musicians,
The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, and the latest edition of
The Grove Encyclopedia of Music and Musicians.
Please refer also to the web guide for music information.
Patents and Trademarks:
The Library is a designated U.S. Patent and Trademark Resource Center. Full text of
utility patents from 1790 to the present are available. Design patents from 1908 to
the present are also available. The collection also includes plant patents, the
Official Gazette, the weekly announcement of new patents and trademarks, and a core
collection of reference materials provided by the Patent and Trademark Resource Center Program. Librarians assist searchers with the Classification and Search
Support Information System database (CASSIS) on CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs.
Please refer also to the web guides for patents, trademarks, and copyright.
U.S. Government Publications:
As the Regional Depository for United States Government Publications, The Newark
Public Library's collection of these materials now numbers well over two million items:
reports, hearings, federal laws and regulations, Supreme Court decisions, treaties,
and other popular and scholarly documents. The collection includes finding aids to
this significant body of information. Records of items published since 1976 are in
the Library's online catalog.
Please refer also to the web guide for U.S. government publications.
Periodicals and Indexes:
The Library houses more than 1,000 popular and scholarly journals and newspapers,
including significant nineteenth century American and British serials. Just a few
noteworthy titles are:
- The Afro-American, from its 1893 inception to date
- American Statistics Index
- Book Review Digest
- Book Review Index
- Cartoonists Profiles Index
- CIS Annual Index
- CQ Researcher
- Education Index
- Essay and General Literature Index
- Facts on File
- General Science Index
- Humanities Index
- New Jersey Architecture Index
- The New York Amsterdam News, from its 1962 inception to date
- The New York Times and its Index, from its 1851 inception to date (microfilm and database)
- Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature, including the Nineteenth Century volumes
- Short Story Index
- Social Sciences Index
- Wall Street Journal from 1899 to date, its Index from 1958
- The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals, 1824-1900
Please refer also to the web guide for periodicals.
View the list of electronic resources to which the Reference Center subscribes.