Renovate Main Library in Jersey City

$10,725 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 148 people in 56 months
Priscilla Gardner
for Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation Inc

The Jersey City Free Public Library is an exquisite architectural structure in the Italian Renaissance tradition that greets visitors with a Tiffany window in its main lobby.  The Main Library which has served Jersey City residents since its grand opening in 1901, offers a wide array of educational and cultural programming. 

Today, this wonderful community asset is in need of significant modernization to ensure ADA compliance and to provide the museum-quality, climate-controlled stacks necessary to store and preserve the New Jersey Room's priceless historic documents and maps.

Donors will have the opportunity to provide an unrestricted gift or identify specific project areas to fund. Everyone is encouraged to give - no donation is too small!

Please help renovate the century-plus historic Main Library in Jersey City, NJ. 

Please contact Library Director Priscilla Gardner @ 201-547-4788 if you would love to donate.
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Update 1
Posted by Priscilla Gardner
17 months ago
Jersey City’s Main Library is one of our community’s most recognizable and most treasured buildings. The cornerstone was laid in 1899, the doors opened in 1901, and ever since, the Main Library has been a center of culture and learning for the residents of Jersey City.

When we began major renovations on the Main Library in October 2014, the Main Library was 115 years old; as Library Director Priscilla Gardner noted, its restoration was “a long time coming” and much needed. The goal of the Main Library renovations is to ensure that this incredible building will serve the community in glorious condition for at least another century. For Director Gardner, this project is the capstone of a 48-year career at the Jersey City Free Public Library.

Phase I of the renovation project, completed in 2016, included the restoration of the exquisite architectural details in the Lending Department, a new elevator, barrier-free access to the Main Library entrance and renovated restrooms, and a new basement sprinkler system.

The Main Library is currently in Phase II of the renovation project, which has included continued asbestos abatement and replacement of the aluminum windows with historically-correct, energy-efficient wood.

Phase III of the project is slated to include several major upgrades, such as: full renovation of the Reference Department and Federal Documents Department; renovation of the interior staircase and public corridors; a new structure to the rear of the building that will house a state-of-the-art auditorium, as well as new climate-controlled bookstacks and rare document storage; a complete overhaul of the building’s heating and air conditioning systems to improve performance and reduce energy consumption; new motorized windows to restore the fourth-floor clerestory windows, and a new roofing system; and refurbished third-floor restrooms
Main Library Renovation Phasses I and II
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Main Library Renovation Phase 3
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$10,725 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 148 people in 56 months
Created May 13, 2014
Funds raised will benefit:
Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation Inc
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Jersey City, NJ
EIN: 542085171
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Jared Pilosio
1 month ago

I care about JC and its libraries and history

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william bannon
1 month ago

I like the folks.

Leonardo Andre
5 months ago

Best Experience Coming here.

Jason Biegel
6 months ago
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7 months ago
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7 months ago
Dan Katz
7 months ago

The free public library system is critical to maintenance of a free society

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