General Information

The Library Board of Trustees

Carol Pomponio, President
Florence Pentol, Treasurer
Marcos Vargas, Secretary
Patricia Bradley
Carol Casale
Dr. James J. Cozzarelli
Mayor Raymond Kimble
(Richard D. Tomko,Ph.D Superintendent of Schools)

The Township Council

Mayor Raymond Kimble
Deputy Mayor Vincent Cozzarelli
Councilwoman Marie Burke
Councilman Kevin Kennedy
Councilman Joseph Longo
Councilman Dr. John Notari
Councilman Steven Rovell

Town Manager: Mauro Tucci

Library Hours

Main Library: 
221 Washington Avenue, Belleville, NJ 07109-3189

Winter: Mon., Tues., Thur. 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Wed., Fri., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m./Sat. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Summer: Mon. 9 a.m. – 8 p.m./Tues. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(No Saturday Hours For Summer.)

Teen Center Hours

Winter: Winter: Mon., Tues., Thur. 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Wed., Fri., Sat. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Summer: Mon. – Fri. 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
(No Saturday Hours For Summer.)

James J. Cozzarelli, Jr. Children’s Room

Winter: Mon. Tues., Thur. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m./Wed., Fri., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Summer: Mon. 9 a.m. – 8 p.m./ Tues.-Fri. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
(No Saturday Hours For Summer.)

Telephone and Fax Numbers

Tel (Main Library): (973) 450-3434
Fax (Main Library Office): (973) 450-3164


Library Card Application


Applicant must show proof of residency, employment or school attendance in Belleville.

Child (Age 2 1/2 – grade 6)

Parents/Guardians must sign the library card application form.
Child must live or attend school in Belleville.
Parents/Guardians are responsible for all materials checked out
on a minor child’s library card.

Non-Resident Card $35.00 fee per year.

County Card (ReBL: A reciprocal borrowing program among Essex
County academic and public libraries)

To obtain a County Library Card, an applicant must be a resident of Belleville who has a Belleville library card with no overdue fines. Applicant must show a driver’s license or other form of identification and a social security card for a County Card.

Loan Period

28 days for books  and CDs.
14 days for reserve books.
Videos and DVDs are 3 free for two weeks.


Library Fines

Adult Department: $0.35 per day for overdue materials except videos (see below).
Children’s Department: $0.20 per day for overdue materials.
Videos: $2.00 per day for overdues.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loans are transactions in which library materials are made available by one library to another for use by an individual. Request interlibrary loans at the Reference Desk.


Reference Service

The Reference Department offers in-library, telephone service, email. A reference collection of several thousand volumes, as well as our circulating collection, serve as a source from which all kinds of questions can be answered. When you come to our Library, please do not hesitate to ask for information from our staff of professionally trained Librarians.

Programs and Exhibits

For Children/Young Adults and Adults

Book Discussion Groups
Book sales
Courses, workshops
Discussion groups
English as a Second Language tutoring
Family nights
National Library Week Programs
Slide programs
Special displays and exhibits
Summer programs for young adults and adults

For Children

Art Classes
Handicraft programs
National Children’s Book Week Programs
Pre-school classes
School and class visits
Summer reading programs


Computers for Public Use

Word Processing
Internet Access
Online Public Access Catalog



Special Collections

Children’s Collection
Consumer Information
Exam Books: College/Civil Service
Foreign Language Materials: Chinese & Spanish
Local History
New Jersey History
Italian-American History


Books on Compact Disc
Fiction and Non-fiction Books
Large Print Books
Music Compact Discs
Newspapers, Magazines

Arrangement of Books and Media

Fiction Books are shelved alphabetically by the last name of the author.
Thus to find the Old Man and The Sea by Hemingway, look on the shelf
under H, then Hemingway.

Non-fiction books are arranged according to the 10 classes of the Dewey Decimal System.

000 – Reference                   500 – Pure Science
100 – Philosophy                  600 – Applied Science
200 – Religion                       700 – Fine Arts
300 – Social Sciences           800 – Literature
400 – Languages                   900 – History/Geography

Computer Accessed Information Databases: see links on homepages

Friends of the Library 

The Friends of the Belleville Public Library and Information Center,
an organization dedicated to community support of our library, came into
existence in 1982. The Friends have placed their energies into three
important areas of library development.

Library programming
Increasing public awareness of library service

Join the Friends of the Belleville Public Library and Information Center.
Applications are available at the Circulation Desk.