Branch Brook - Newark Public Library

Branch Brook

About the Branch

The Branch Brook Branch Library is located on Clifton Avenue between Park Avenue and Bloomfield Avenue. The library is about a block away from the famous Sacred Heart Cathedral and within walking distance of historic Branch Brook Park. The branch is located in a primarily residential area with close proximity to two elementary and a high school.

The original branch opened in June 1946, and was located across the street from the present location (and near the present-day Wells Fargo Bank). In 1964, due to building deterioration, plans were made to move the branch to its current location. At that time, the building was a VA Recreation Hall. The building was refurbished and redesigned to become Branch Brook Branch, and opened to the public in December 1966.

To donate to Branch Brook Branch initiatives, please utilize the donation form below.


There is no on-site parking. Although street parking may be available on Clifton Avenue, it can be very difficult to find a space. It may be easier to use mass transit when possible. Click here for a local map.

Public Transportation

#11, #28, Go Bus 28, #29, #72 stop at Bloomfield Ave. & Clifton Ave.
#41, #99 stop at Clifton Ave. & Park Ave.
#27 stops at Bloomfield Ave. & Mt. Prospect Ave. (by Dairy Queen)

Collections and Services

For Adults

For Young Adults

For Children

Books and Magazines

  • Diverse collection of nonfiction books
  • Books from weekly bestseller lists

DVD’s and Movies

  • Popular video collection


  • Word processing
  • Internet
  • Access to the library’s electronic resources

The Young Adult Collection and Services are available on the second floor adjacent to the Adult Collection.

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

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

  • Help finding materials for homework assignments
  • Books, book and cassette sets, and magazines to read for fun
  • Picture books for the early readers
  • Movies
  • Computers for:
    • Word processing
    • Internet
    • Access to the library’s electronic resources

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. Teachers in elementary and middle schools can schedule visits to do research using the library’s wide array of resources.

Please call the Children’s Room at 973-733-6388 for seasonal programs.