Meeting rooms are available to be booked by the public up to 45 days in advance. If further dates are needed, please email here for those arrangements.
Click here to book a meeting room through Skedda Calendar.
Click here to view and/or download policies and information regarding library meeting rooms.
The Columbia Bank Room
The Columbia Bank Room is our most versatile meeting space. It seats up to 76 people and can be set up with or without tables. There is a screen in front and a projector is available. Access to a kitchen may be available upon request.
The Infineum Room
The Infineum Room contains a conference table which seats up to twelve. There is also an attached kitchen.
The Bernice Bedrick Room
The spacious Bernice Bedrick Room has a round conference table which seats up to 16. Access to a kitchen may be available upon request.
To obtain your own Linden Library card, you will need the following forms of identification:
A valid, current driver’s license or government ID showing a Linden address
If you do not possess a current New Jersey driver’s license, you must present two forms of ID, one from each of the following categories:
Utility Bill (phone, gas, electric)
Bank Account Statement
Property Tax Bill
Rental Lease (showing your name and a Linden address)
Social Security card
Voter Registration Card
Current Driver’s License with out-of-town address
CHILDREN & YOUNG ADULTS (PRE-SCHOOL – AGE 17)
To obtain a Linden Library card for children and young adults:
A parent or legal guardian (with proof of guardianship) must accompany the child in order to sign both the application and the library card, and also be present for renewals every two years. They must also decide whether or not to approve Internet usage.
Proof of Linden residency must be presented before the card can be issued.
All materials borrowed by the patron are expected to be returned in the condition in which they were borrowed.
Media items must be returned with all cover art, booklets, inserts, and/or liner notes they contained when they were borrowed.
Patrons are responsible for all damaged and lost materials.
LOANS & RENEWALS
Certain adult media items such as DVDs and Audiobooks can only be checked out to patrons who are 18 years or older.
Patrons may renew their materials online by heading over to the “My Account” portal.
Summer reading books and items with holds may not be renewed.
Summer Reading Materials Mid Sept.-Mid June
Summer Reading Materials Mid June-Mid Sept.
Adult Audiobooks (Cassettes & CDs)
DVDs (Non-Fiction and full season tv series)
FINES & FEES
Summer Reading Materials Nov-May
Summer Reading Materials Jun-Oct
Fax Transmission Services
$1.75 (First Page) & $1.00 (Each Additional Page)
Incomplete Media Items **
Designated Replacement Cost
**“Incomplete Media Items” includes DVDs, CDs and CD-Roms returned without cover art, liner notes, booklets, and/or accessories.
Summer Reading Books
To ensure that everyone has a chance to access the Summer Reading Collection, the following special rules will apply:
14 day loan period during May-Oct; no renewals
Only 2 Children’s books (Grades 2-5), 1 middle school (Grades 6-8), and 1 High School Book (Grades 9-12) may be checked out on an individual library card at one time.
Linden Free Public Library serves over 30 towns including Linden, Elizabeth, Clark, Roselle, Plainfield in Union County, New Jersey. The library maintains an organized system for collecting, storing, and circulating materials for library patrons so that they can be retrieved when needed. There are active Friends of the Library groups associated with two branches. There are approximately 16,662 registered resident borrowers, 651 non-resident borrowers, and 91, 846 bibliographic records in the catalog. Annual circulation was 47,118 in 2017. The main library offers free wireless access to the Internet and Internet Terminals for public use.
The library movement in Linden owes its existence to a small group of citizens and the sponsorship of the Linden Rotary Club. The library operated for six months on a voluntary basis and on January 1, 1928 it became a municipal, tax supported institution. Miss Viola R. Maihl, a professional librarian was one of the first acts of the Board of Trustees to organize the library. In December 1939, the library moved to its present building erected with the aid of a federal grant.
Linden’s community and people have been the main concern of the library’s administration. The potential patrons of are all ages and varied backgrounds. These patrons request a vast connection of books, periodicals, CDs, DVDs, and musicals. During this time, in order to serve patrons best, a system was established consisting of the main library and three branches. During this time, the staff consisted of eight professional librarians, eleven clerical assistants, four librarian trainees and part-time pages. In little more than a quarter of a century the Linden Library has demonstrated its effectiveness in the community and gained the confidence of both the citizenry and governing body. Its growth and expansion is the result of long-term planning and a constant study of the changing needs of the community.
Linden Public Library’s mission is to, “Satisfy the evolving informational, cultural, educational, and recreational needs of the community, by providing the most modern and relevant resources and facilities”.
The new Linden Free Public Library facility located at 31 E. Henry St opened its’ doors in June, 2010.