The first library in Vailsburg opened in 1906 as a deposit station in the store of William Fisher on the southeast corner of South Orange Avenue and Sandford Avenue. Two hundred fifty to three hundred books were housed in a revolving case. The branch was closed in 1914 due to a lack of funds. Later, The Newark Public Library placed 3,000 books in the three schools in the area.
The idea of a Vailsburg Branch Library was discussed several times in the following years, but it was not until November 1924 that the library Board of Trustees decided to place a branch in the Vailsburg area. In October 1927 the Vailsburg Branch Library opened at its present site on Alexander Street. The building was red brick with white trim, designed in a modified Georgian style.
In the 1970s the branch was improved with air conditioning. But it was not until 2002 that the branch received a real modernization. The interior of the branch was almost completely removed and replaced with modern equipment. Three outside walls were kept to preserve the flavor of the original building. A split addition was added to the back of the branch to house the children’s room and enlarge the adult area.
The new Vailsburg Branch was opened to the public on May 20, 2003 with an official dedication ceremony on May 28th of the same year.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the branch is handicapped accessible.
To donate to Vailsburg Branch initiatives, please utilize the donation form below.[/gdlr_column]
Daycare centers are encouraged to bring children to the library for story and craft programs, and library tours. Special programs can be done upon request.
Books and Magazines
DVD’s and Movies
Community Meeting Room
A large meeting room is available for both adults and children during library hours. The capacity is 80 people. It is used for the homework club, various library programs, and as a meeting place for community groups such as the Tri-Block Association. To make a reservation to use the room please call 973-733-7755. There is also a small room available for tutoring.
The Young Adult Collection and Services are available:
Parents, teachers, preschools, and students from grades K – 8 can benefit from our services.
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 973-733-7749 for seasonal programs.