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 public in accordance with paragraph 7 of Executive Order No. 104 (2020): all municipal, county and state public libraries, and all libraries and computer labs at public and private colleges and universities.

All Branches will remain closed to the public for as long as Executive Order No. 104 (2020) remains in effect. Click Here for More Information

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Gilbert M. Gaul Coming to Toms River Library

August 09, 2019

TOMS RIVER – The Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library will host “Climate Change and Our Communities” featuring author Gilbert M. Gaul at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sep. 17.

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gilbert M. Gaul and coastal resiliency expert Chris Huch will hold a conversation about Gaul’s new book, “The Geography of America’s Coasts.” The discussion will focus on coastal development and the extraordinary risks posed by climate change, including communities along Barnegat Bay.

Gaul has worked as an investigative journalist for the Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, and other newspapers for over 35 years. He has also reported on nonprofit organizations, the business of college sports, homeland security, the black market for prescription drugs, and Medicare problems.

This program is being held as part of the Ocean County Library’s programming in support of “Water/Ways,” a Museum on Main Street exhibition organized by the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service, made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or NJCH.

The branch is located at 101 Washington Street.

Registration is required for this free program. To register, call the branch at 732-349-6200 or visit

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