Clinton Branch - Newark Public Library

Clinton Branch


The Clinton Branch is permanently closed


About the Branch

The Clinton Branch Library is located on Bergen Street (between West Runyon and West Bigelow Street). The major streets in the area are Clinton Avenue and Hawthorne Avenue, both are one block away from the branch. The Library is one block past the new Belmont Runyon School of Visual and Performing Arts & Science and Technology.

The Clinton Branch Library opened its doors to the public on December 2, 1925. It was the fourth branch of The Newark Public Library to open. The Library serves the Clinton Hill section of the South Ward and Weequahic section. It is located in a predominately residential area, with many small businesses throughout the neighborhood. The area is continually changing, with many new homes and several new and renovated schools. There are several preschool centers, three elementary schools and one high school in our three-block radius.

The Clinton Branch Library, still in its original state, is a two-story facility. The exterior wood and brick architecture is a reminder of the old, well-constructed buildings in historical Newark. The interior is separated into two stories, with the adult department on the first floor, and the children’s room on the second. The adult section also houses the young adult collection. This arrangement has benefited the adults, young adults, and children.


There is no on-site parking. Street parking is available directly in front of the library or across the street. Alternate street parking is on Monday and Tuesday afternoons 12:00 – 4:00 pm. Click here for a local map.

Public Transportation

#39 stops at West Runyon St. & Bergen St.
#27 stops at Hawthorne Ave. & Bergen St.
#99 stops at Cross Bergen St.
#13 stops at Clinton Ave. & Bergen St.

Did you know? The Clinton Branch has attracted a large number of teachers, educators, future teachers, elementary and high school and college students in recent years. They visit our branch for information for required preschool mandated programs and materials for classes. The branch serves as a focal community liaison for teachers and parents to disseminate and distribute information for the community.

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 973-733-7754 for seasonal programs.