All branches of the Ocean County Library will be closed Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25. They will reopen their normal business hours Wednesday, Dec. 26.
All branches will close at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31. All branches will also be closed Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. All branches will reopen Wednesday, Jan. 2.

 

Our student services are designed to make it easy to share library materials with you and help you succeed.

 

 

 

Get a Library Card

Is your school in Ocean County? If the answer is yes, this means you can get a library card for free. With your card, you have access to over hundreds of databases, thousands of e-books, millions of print books, and so much more.

Your library card can get you:

  • Online tutoring
  • Streaming movies and music on your device
  • Research help
  • Video games
  • DVDs & Blu-rays
  • Print & eMagazines
  • Anime, manga, & graphic novels
  • And so much more

Please see our Get a Library Card page to start your application today.

Free Events

Our library offers programs just for you:

Online Homework Help and Tutoring

We offer free, live, one-on-one, online tutoring through brainfuse - HelpNow. This HelpNow offers tutoring in math, science, writing, language learning, and other subjects for elementary, middle school, high school, and college students. It also features a writing lab that gives feedback on written assignments within 24 hours and much more.

All brainfuse tutors have at least a four-year degree and undergo background checks.

HelpNow also includes live, online help for Spanish speakers.

All tutoring services are available daily from 2 – 11 pm seven days a week.

Better than a Wiki Search

Did your teacher remind you that everything you read online may not be true? They’re right! The Library has reliable sources that your teachers will love. We provide free access to over 100 of these reliable Digital Resources with your library card. You can access all these teacher-friendly resources at any one of our locations; most of them are available anywhere with an internet connection, including your smartphone.

We can help you find help with:

  • Free Afterschool Tutoring
  • Social Studies
  • Newspapers
  • Mathematics
  • Health & Science
  • En Espanol
  • Elementary
  • High School
  • Intermediate
  • Language Learning
  • Language Arts
  • Job & Career

Streaming eMaterial

Can’t get to the library? Stream it in real-time anywhere with internet access. We offer a variety of eBooks, emagazines, audiobooks, streaming video and music on our Digital Materials page.

Listed below are various resources to access digital and downloadable content for free.

  Streaming Music Streaming Video eBooks Magazines Audiobooks
Access Video Just for Kids        
Access Video On Demand        
EBSCO eBooks        
OverDrive      
hoopla*  
Kanopy**        
TumbleBookLibrary (For Kids)      
RBdigital      

 

*We are pleased to offer hoopla digital borrowing to residential cardholders, which provides eBooks, eComic books, eAudio, digital music, and digital film with no waiting lists on a cost-per-use basis. Our annual budget supports this service along with all of the formats available for borrowing in both physical and digital collections. If our budgeted amount has been reached for the day, we invite you to explore our other digital collections for items available to borrow. Daily budgeted borrowing resets at midnight.

**Our Kanopy video streaming service provides four checkouts per month for Ocean County Library resident cardholders. Each checkout provides unlimited access to a title for up to 3 days.

For help and support with these digital materials, please visit our help page.

Need a New Read?

Fall in love with a book and want a similar read? What should you read after finishing the latest John Green book? We can help! Check out the suggested reads in some cool genres like: dystopia, graphic novels, manga, superheroes, historical fiction, fantasy, & health and wellness.

Recommended Reads for: Children and Teens.

You can also discover new titles and “read-a-likes” of your favorite books with NoveList.

  • NoveList K-8 Plus: Teens, Middle, and Elementary School recommendations. You can search by reading levels, genres, or series.
  • NoveList Plus: Book discussion guides, booklists, describe a plot, explore fiction and find similar books.

Chat Live with Library Staff

Did you know you can chat live with a library staff member? Questions can be asked via:

  • Text Message → 732-943-1625

Live services are available Monday – Thursday 9-9, Friday & Saturday 9-5, and Sunday 1-5*

*Sunday hours are available September through May.

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