May 26, 2023


Attending the 2023 NJLA Conference? Be sure to download the conference app to access schedules, speaker bios, maps, and more! Check your registration confirmation email for your login information.


May 26, 2023

Long Branch Free Public Library Wins National Award

The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced the Long Branch Free Public Library of Long Branch, NJ as one of eight recipients of the 2023 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Over the past 29 years, the award has celebrated institutions that are making a difference for individuals, families, and communities. Our congratulations to the Board of Trustees, Library Director Tonya Garcia, and the staff.

And Congratulations to the Ocean County Library! The Ocean County Library was also one of the thirty finalists for this prestigious award. Congratulations to the Ocean County Library Commissioners, Library Director Susan Quinn and staff. Only 30 libraries were nominated nationally, and two were in New Jersey.

 May 19, 2023

Statement on the Decision by the U.S. District Court Regarding Sensitive Places and Concealed Weapons

NJ Assembly Bill A4769 was signed into law on December 22, 2022 and prohibited concealed weapons from being carried in “sensitive places,” which included libraries. NJLA continued to monitor the case against this law that was brought before U.S. District Court Judge Renée Marie Bumb. On May 16, 2023, U.S. District Judge Bumb ruled against the sensitive places provision. Read more.

 May 16, 2023


Nearly a year ago we opened gap memberships for those that would be transferring to the Enhanced Institutional Membership (EIM) which officially launched in January 2023. NJLA will discontinue gap memberships after June 30, 2023. 

 April 6, 2023


It is with great pleasure that the Newsletter Subcommittee presents Vol 21 Issue 2 of the NJLA Newsletter! Thank you to all of our contributors and wonderful committee members for your enthusiasm in publishing the newsletter.

Have a job change, retirement, or announcement to share? Please mail [email protected] to have it included in our next issue!

 March 30, 2023

Statement to Cumberland and Gloucester Counties

NJLA and NJASL have issued a joint statement following a City Commission meeting in Millville in which the future of libraries was called into question. NJLA met yesterday with Dr. Keating, the President of Rowan College of South Jersey, and we anticipate productive communication and dialog in the future.

 March 24, 2023


The NJLA Executive Board and the Nominations & Elections Subcommittee are proud to announce the winners of the NJLA Executive Board 2023-24 election. Click here for election results.

March 9, 2023

NJLA New Executive Director

NJLA is proud to announce the appointment of Brett Bonfield as our new Executive Director, effective March 20, 2023. Brett brings a wealth of experience in library management and advocacy to our organization and we are thrilled to have him help guide NJLA into the future.

February 3, 2023


NJLA categorically rejects any efforts to censor or remove materials from any library, based on content. We strongly affirm the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read Statement, first published by the American Library Association in 1953. Libraries provide access to books and other library resources and services for the interest, information, education, and enlightenment of all people within the communities we serve. We do not exclude materials because of their origin, background, or the views of those contributing to their creation.


January 10, 2023


NJLA members can get a lot done in 365 days. Click the graphic to Zoom in on some of NJLA's 2022 milestones.



Established in 1890, the NJLA is the oldest and largest library organization in New Jersey.

The New Jersey Library Association:

  • Advocates for the advancement of library services for the residents of New Jersey
  • Provides continuing education & networking opportunities for librarians
  • Supports the principles of intellectual freedom & promotes access to library materials for all
  • Creates opportunities for new and future librarians
  • Strengthens our professional community

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NJLA Executive Board Full statement - Black Lives Matter

Black lives matter. NJLA acknowledges the structural racism in our organization and profession, and NJLA must do better.

NJLA Executive Board Full statement - Black Lives Matter The New Jersey Library Association stands in solidarity with the Black community, librarians, library workers, library users and with members of the communities we serve. We want our Black, People of Color and marginalized members to know you are valued, affirmed and supported. NJLA acknowledges that in order to continue moving forward, there needs to be consistent work towards recognizing our own biases, welcoming change and taking actions that impact policies and create positive change in the direction of equity and inclusion.

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