The Jackson and Plumsted branches will be closing early at 3:30pm on Thursday, November 15 due to inclement weather.

All branches of the Ocean County Library will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21. All branches will be closed Thursday, November 22 for Thanksgiving.
Seven branches – Barnegat, Brick, Jackson, Lakewood, Manchester, Stafford, and Toms River – will be open on Thanksgiving Friday, November 23.
All branches will resume regular hours Saturday, November 24.

Chat/Text service is a quick way to get answers to brief, factual questions from trained Ocean County Library (OCL) staff in real-time.

  • Sample questions: When does the Brick Branch close tonight? How tall is the Barnegat Lighthouse? What is the title of the new James Patterson book?

Click here to begin a chat, or text your question (140 character limit) to (732) 943-1625. Chat/text service is available Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, Friday & Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 pm (Sunday hours September through May only).
Chat/text service is available to anyone, with a priority given to Ocean County residents. At this time, identification by zip code or library card number is not required.
If you have any questions about your library account, such as fines owed or renewing items, please call or visit your local branch during regular operating hours.
In-depth questions will be followed up via email or phone within 2 business days. The Library staff does not have specialized training/knowledge of medical, legal, financial, or statistical information. They do not interpret reference materials on those subjects, nor do they appraise books or artifacts. Library staff does not offer opinions or advice.
If the chat/text service is not available, please call or visit your local branch during regular operating hours or email us.

All questions will be treated equally, regardless of their source, and will be kept confidential, as will the identities of the patrons who ask them.

OCL reference services are free. However, your standard message and data rates may apply for texting. OCL assumes no responsibility for any charges your cell phone provider may assess you for sending or receiving messages while using this service.

The chat service is compatible with most standard web browsers, including Internet Explorer 6 and higher, Firefox 1.5 and higher, Google Chrome, Safari, and Opera. The chat service is also optimized for most iOS and Android mobile devices.

The Ocean County Library’s Rules of Conduct apply in the online environment and chat/text sessions will be terminated if the rules are violated.
Email any questions, comments, and concerns about the chat/text service here