The Montclair Public Library offers something for everyone.
The Montclair Public Library, founded in 1893, has two conveniently located facilities in Montclair, N.J. The main library is located at 50 S. Fullerton Avenue, and the Bellevue Branch is at 185 Bellevue Avenue. As stated on their website, “the mission of the Montclair Public Library is to change lives every day through words, ideas and community connections.”
For citizens, employees or students in the town of Montclair, a public library card is available free of charge as long as they have proof of their address. Membership cards can be purchased for $65.00 annually and can be used by the member’s immediate family.
With this library card, patrons also have 24/7 accesses to online databases from the Montclair Public Library, which includes magazines and newspapers that can be viewed from any computer.
Another resource available to cardholders who are in good standing is computer services. This includes wireless access for patrons with their own devices. There are 15 computers with access to Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer and Firefox, which are available to adult cardholders located on the second floor of the main library. There are also devices with PowerPoint, Publisher, Word, Excel, Access and scanners available as well. There are also sections with computers for both young adults and children.
Parking for the library is available directly across the street at Roosevelt Place, as well as on Plymouth Street and Union Street, both of which are on adjacent sides of the library. In addition, metered spots are available on South Fullerton Avenue in front of the library.
The Montclair Public Library is open to the public until 6 p.m. on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and 5 p.m. on Sundays.
The Montclair Public Library has many programs available to the public, including volunteer opportunities, film series, computer classes, ESL classes and relationship counseling. The library also offers a Home Assisted Service, enabling those who cannot leave their home to be delivered books, videos, CDs and cassettes on a weekly basis.
Events of all sorts are held at the Montclair Public Library almost every night, including T’ai Chi and Tea, Family Storytime, Novelist’s Writing Groups, Board Games, Volunteer Programs and Current Events Discussion Groups. These events take place at both the main library and the Bellevue Branch. They are sure to have something appealing to every library-goer’s needs, whether it is a fun family night, an activity for teens or a club for adults.
While taking your trip to the Montclair Public Library, be sure to stop in for some refreshments at Terra at the Isabel Rose. Conveniently located right inside the library, the Terra has a menu full of delectable treats including everything from pastries and breakfast sandwiches to paninis and soups. There is also a large variety of beverages including tea, coffee, cold drinks and smoothies.