Weequahic - Newark Public Library


About the Branch

The Weequahic Branch is located on Osborne Terrace between Mapes and Lehigh Avenues. The nearest landmark building is the Newark Beth Israel Hospital one block away on Lyons Avenue. The major street in the area is Lyons Avenue.

The Weequahic Branch opened its doors in May 1929, and was the sixth branch library of the Newark Public Library system to open between 1923 and 1946. The Weequahic Branch underwent a $1 million renovation in 1992. Renovations included off-street parking facilities, improved lighting, online public access computers, elevator, air conditioning, and a story-pit area for children.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the branch is handicapped accessible, with an exterior ramp and an elevator.

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



There are parking facilities in the rear of the branch, with one handicapped space and nine public spaces. See a local map.


Public Transportation

#37, #39, #99, #107 stop at Osborne Terr. & Lyons Ave.


Did you know? Exhibits centered on holidays, celebrations, and other themes are held throughout the year, along with a variety of programs for adults and children.

Collections and Services

For Adults

For Young Adults

For Children

Books and Magazines

  • Strong collection of new African-American novels for adults
  • Diverse collection of nonfiction books
  • Diverse collection of fiction books
  • Collection of African American videotapes
  • Popular video and DVD collection

DVD’s and Movies

  • Popular video collection


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

Community Meeting Room

  • A multi-purpose room with a seating capacity of 85 is available on the second floor. The room may be used for library programs or community-sponsored programs. To reserve the room, please call 973-733-7751.

The Young Adult Collection and Services are available:

  • 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 973-733-7752 for seasonal programs.