Temporary Hours:
Toms River, Berkeley, Brick, Jackson, Lacey, Lakewood, Manchester branches will be open:
Monday through Thursday 10am – 8pm  |  Friday and Saturday 10am – 5pm

Barnegat, Little Egg Harbor, Point Pleasant Borough, Stafford branches will be open:
Monday 10am – 5pm  |  Tuesday through Thursday 10am – 8pm  |  Friday and Saturday 10am – 5pm

Long Beach Island, Upper Shores branches will be open:
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am – 5pm  |  Tuesday and Wednesday 10am – 8pm

Beachwood, Island Heights, Plumsted, Point Pleasant Beach, Tuckerton, Waretown, Bay Head, Whiting branches will be open:
Monday 10am – 8pm  |  Tuesday through Saturday 10am – 2pm

Beachwood Branch Offering Temporary Door-Side Only Pickup Beginning 11/24/20

Toms River, Barnegat, Berkeley, Brick, Jackson, Lacey, Lakewood, Little Egg Harbor, Long Beach Island, Manchester, Point Pleasant Borough, Stafford, and Upper Shores branches will close
at 5pm Wednesday, November 25 and will remain closed Thursday, November 26 in observance of Thanksgiving.
Beachwood, Island Heights, Plumsted, Point Pleasant Beach, Tuckerton, Waretown, Bay Head, and Whiting branches will close at 2pm Wednesday, November 25 and will remain closed Thursday, November 26 in observance of Thanksgiving.
Seven branches – Barnegat, Brick, Jackson, Lakewood, Manchester, Stafford, and Toms River – will be open 10am to 2pm Friday, November 27.
November 24, 2020
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library presents family fun in a virtual program, “Songs & Silliness with Mr. Jon,” 10 AM Saturday, December 19.Mr. Jon and his silly friend George the Monkey will star in the interactive, sensory-friendly program filled with music, movement, and laughter.The musician and songwriter’s song compilations, “Mr. Jon & Friends” and “Rock & Rhyme,” are winners of Parents’ Choice awards.Registration is required... Read More
November 17, 2020
TOMS RIVER – All branches of the Ocean County Library will close at 5 PM Wednesday, November 25 and will remain closed Thursday, November 26 in observance of Thanksgiving.The Barnegat, Brick, Jackson, Lakewood, Manchester, Stafford and Toms River branches will be open 10 AM to 2 PM Friday, November 27. The Library’s online resources, databases, services and catalog are accessible any time at www.theoceancountylibrary.org.
November 12, 2020
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library will present a virtual program, “Coping with the Holidays,” 10:30 AM Wednesday, December 9.The Samaritan Center for Grief Support’s program is designed to help those whose holiday season follows the loss of a loved one.The presentation will focus on finding solace in grief, coping, communication, and compassion for one’s self and for others, self-care suggestions, and holiday-related concerns related to... Read More
October 26, 2020
TOMS RIVER – At its October meeting, the Ocean County Library Commission approved revised, expanded operating hours for the Library’s 21 branches. The new schedules take effect Monday, November 9, and continue through May 31, 2021.The Commission’s action is in accord with the Library’s COVID-related re-entry plan. It marks the first increase in public access since OCL’s July reopening.Revised hours of operation, by branch, are:Toms River,... Read More
October 22, 2020
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library presents FanNation 2020, its largest yet – seven straight days, more than 20 free events and programs – and for the first time, all virtual from Monday, November 16 through Sunday, November 22. The fun includes:Writing for Books, Comics and Video Games with Sam Maggs – The best-selling writer takes you on a tour of writing for all three formats, and offers tips to start your own writing journey. Registration... Read More
October 20, 2020
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library will host a free virtual program, “Meet Susannah Marren,” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12.Her newest novel, A Palm Beach Scandal, earned New York Times bestselling author Holly Peterson’s rave as “a page-turning, commanding novel.” Publisher’s Weekly said that it will “keep readers holding on until the shocking ending they won’t see coming."Former LBI Branch Manager Linda Feaster, now Chairman of the... Read More
October 16, 2020
TOMS RIVER – All branches of the Ocean County Library will be closed Tuesday, November 3, in observance of Election DayPatrons are welcome to access the Library’s catalog, digital resources and databases at www.theoceancountylibrary.org.
October 08, 2020
WHITING – The Ocean County Library’s Whiting Reading Center will be closed until Monday, October 12.Patrons and visitors are welcome to browse, check out and return items at the Library’s 20 other locations throughout Ocean County.Patrons also are welcome to visit the Library website to place requests for titles, check the calendar of events, access OCL’s digital services and databases, and keep up to date about election voting information,... Read More
October 06, 2020
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library will offer a free virtual program, “Human Trafficking,” 6:30 PM Thursday, October 22.It will be presented by Jaimee Johnson, founder and Chief Executive Officer of the advocacy group Sisters of the Streets.Mrs. Johnson holds multiple awards and recognitions for her support and mentorship efforts. She encourages communities to identify and eliminate conditions that contribute to exploitation.The free program... Read More
October 01, 2020
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library’s 21 branches and reading centers celebrate 95 years of “connecting people…building community…transforming lives” with a series of videos, now displayed through the Library’s website and YouTube channel.The 95th Anniversary collection is a series of vignettes, spotlighting each branch and the relationships that they share with their surrounding communities. They can also be viewed at www.... Read More