Temporary Hours:
Toms River, Barnegat, Berkeley, Brick, Jackson, Lacey, Lakewood, Little Egg Harbor, Long Beach Island, Manchester, Plumsted, Point Boro, Stafford and Upper Shores branches will be open:
Monday through Thursday 10am – 2pm, and 3pm to 7pm
Friday and Saturday 10am – 2pm


Bay Head, Beachwood, Island Heights, Point Beach, Tuckerton, Waretown and Whiting branches will be open:
Monday 10am – 2pm, and 3pm – 7pm
Tuesday through Saturday 10am – 2pm


The Stafford Branch will reopen at 3pm this afternoon, August 13, 2020.
April 14, 2020
TOMS RIVER – “Find Your Way at the Library” is the theme of National Library Week 2020, and the Ocean County Library’s social media outlets and website are increasingly helping visitors find their way to a wealth of digital services.Since the start of COVID-19 precautions, OCL presence on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube have introduced web surfers to the Library’s storehouse of instructional and entertaining videos, educational tools, its free... Read More
March 21, 2020
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library will temporarily close to support the proactive measures being taken by the state of New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety Division of New Jersey State Police of Emergency Management Administrative Order No. 2020-3. Administrative Order No. 2020-03 was updated on March 20, 2020 (Executive Order No. 104). The following facilities have been added to the list of facilities closed to members of the... Read More
March 20, 2020
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library system will close beginning Sunday, March 15 through Sunday, April 5 out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our library staff and customers during the declared state and national emergencies due to the developing conditions concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19). The library plans to reopen Monday, April 6, 2020. The library is waiving all late fees and will automatically extend the due dates... Read More
March 14, 2020
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library system will close beginning Sunday, March 15 through Sunday, March 29 out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our library staff and customers during the declared state and national emergencies due to the developing conditions concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19).The library plans to reopen on Monday, March 30.The library is waiving all late fees and will automatically extend the due dates of all books... Read More
March 13, 2020
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library is closely following the recommendations of our County, State, and National health organizations about the coronavirus (COVID-19) because the safety of our library customers and staff is our first priority. Beginning Saturday, March 14, 2020 the Ocean County Library is cancelling all library programs, outreach and meetings, and the use of library meeting rooms and spaces by outside groups, through March... Read More
March 06, 2020
LACEY TOWNSHIP – The Ocean County Library, Lacey Branch will honor Women’s History Month by presenting “Soldiers Without Guns: Women Defense Workers of World War II,” 2 p.m. Friday, Mar. 27.Living History Interpreter Stacy Roth will relate the lives of the mothers, wives, sisters and daughters who were living symbols of the iconic “Rosie the Riveter.”The branch is located at 10 East Lacey Road.Registration is required for this free program. To... Read More
March 06, 2020
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library, Toms River Branch will host “Meet the Music,” a series of fun, hands-on musical adventures for young people, in March, April and May.“Meet the Music” aims to acquaint children age 6 to 12 and their families with the brass, woodwind and string families of orchestras. Members of the Garden State Philharmonic and the Garden State Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will perform.After each performance, children and... Read More
March 02, 2020
LACEY TOWNSHIP – Does your family tree have roots in the Emerald Isle? If you’re not sure, would you like to know? The Ocean County Library, Lacey Branch, will host “Tracing Your Irish Ancestry,” 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 17.Dawn Heyson, Branch Manager and Librarian in the OCL Little Egg Harbor Branch, will offer tips to help you follow your lineage through generations.The branch is located at 10 East Lacey Road.Registration is required for this... Read More
March 02, 2020
LACEY TOWNSHIP – In observance of Women’s History Month, the Ocean County Library, Lacey Branch will present a discussion by the League of Women Voters of New Jersey at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 11.Representatives will trace the organization’s history, and will examine the ways that the citizen advocacy group has affected America’s social dialogue since its founding in 1920.The League gradually expanded its sphere of influence to address matters... Read More
March 02, 2020
WARETOWN – Songs and tales of the Emerald Isle will spring to life during “An Irish Serenade with Jessica Carroll,” 6 p.m. Monday, Mar. 23, at the Ocean County Library, Waretown Branch.Jessica will lead her audience in a tribute to Ireland in story and song, accompanied by her gentle acoustic guitar and incomparable vocals.The branch is located at 112 Main Street.The recital is sponsored by the Friends of the Waretown LibraryRegistration is... Read More