The Jersey City Free Public Library has announced the upcoming Grand Reopenings of two critical community facilities: the Main Library Reference Department and the West Bergen Branch Library.
The library will hold ribbon-cutting ceremonies: Main Library Reference Department, 472 Jersey Avenue, Second Floor, Mon., Apr. 29, 11 a.m.; West Bergen Branch Library, 546 West Side Avenue, Tues., Apr. 30, 11 a.m.
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Ward B Councilwoman Mira Prinz-Arey are expected to attend the April 30 ribbon cutting at the new West Bergen Branch.
As the first major project of the third and final phase of the Main Library’s ongoing renovations, the Reference Department underwent a complete upgrade. The intricate plaster work and ceiling details were carefully restored and repainted in beautiful blues, yellows, and earthy reds. The department was completely refurnished with new shelving, new light fixtures, and an electrical upgrade, which brings power supply directly to the restored original oak reading tables.
The reopening of the department ends a period of closure that began in September 2016. Work on the Reference Department was delayed in 2018 when asbestos was unexpectedly found in the floor of the room. After the asbestos abatement work was completed, the restoration of the interiors moved forward.
“The ongoing renovations of the Main Library will ensure that this marvelous cultural and educational asset will continue to play a vital role in our community for another century to come,” said Library Director Priscilla Gardner. “We thank our patrons for their patience during construction, and we invite everyone to come see and enjoy the beautifully restored Reference Department.”