North End Branch - Newark Public Library

North End Branch

About the Branch

The North End Branch Library is located at the corner of Summer and Grafton Avenues, two blocks east of Mt. Prospect Avenue or one block west of Broadway and approximately four blocks south of the Newark/Belleville border.

Originally erected in 1930, to serve the growing population of Newark’s North Ward, the North End branch was closed for renovation in October of 1992. The collection was warehoused and the building renovated to include a parking lot, an addition to the rear of the building, Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, including an exterior ramp and an elevator to all levels of the building, a community meeting room, and a story “pit” in the Children’s Room. Provisions were also made to allow for computer technology. The completed building was reopened on December 15, 1994.


There is a small parking lot at the rear of the building, with five public spaces and one handicapped space. The entrance to the lot is on Summer Avenue, just south of the building. As the neighborhood is primarily residential, street parking is generally available. Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 12:00 – 4:00 are designated alternate side of the street, no parking days for street cleaning. You will be ticketed! Click here for a local map.

Public Transportation

#27 (Forest Hill, Branch Brook Park)
#74U stop at Mt. Prospect Ave. & Grafton Ave.
#13 stops at Broadway & Grafton Ave.

Did you know? North End has attracted a large number of short-term volunteers in recent years, primarily students needing to complete service hours as a school requirement. The branch also serves as a clearinghouse for community information, especially for jobs and cultural activities.  Patrons can avail themselves of our ongoing book sale and coupon exchange.

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

Community Meeting Room

  • Our community meeting room is regularly used by school and community groups. It has a capacity of 50 to 60 people seated at tables, or up to 100, seated auditorium style. The room may be used during regular hours and can be reserved by calling the Branch Manager at 973-733-7766.

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 973-733-7683 for seasonal programs.