West New York Public Library is located in the center of the town of West New York. The community has population about 52,912.

The library offers a welcoming environment that provides relevant resources, services, and programs for all ages to support the community for lifelong reading, learning and enrichment.

Catalogs (Search library materials)

  1. OPAC (http://wny.polarislibrary.com) — Search West New York Public Library collection (under construction)
  2. JerseyCat (www.jerseycat.org) — Search state wide libraries’ collection
  3. BCCLS (www.bccls.org) — Search Bergen County Libraries’ collection
  4. New York Public Library (www.nypl.org) — Search New York Public Library collection
  5. Library of Congress (www.loc.gov) — Search Library of Congress collection

Current Events: A Brief Description of Programs and Activities

Tutoring Program

West New York Public Library Tutoring Program is available to all West New Yorkers, Grades 1 through 6.

Please contact the library staff Mr. Walter Popiel for details. Phone 201-295-5135 x7301.

Summer Programs

The Summer Programs include Reading Is Fundamental, Magic Show, Science Project, Music. These activities will take place in July and August during the summer. The programs help children spend time in the library when schools are closed. Children learn and do a lot of things in summer time. The program dates are varied (see our monthly calendar and event flyer).

The children’s dept. staff is in charge of the summer programs.

Sign in required for reading programs.

All events are free of charge.

Toddler Time

This program is for children ages 1 to 5 accompanied by their parents. This program involves a variety of activities such as reading books, story time, playing, games, et al. By participating in this program, younger children will develop interest in reading, coloring, using their hands for putting things together and much more. The program prepares them for entering pre-school. The program date is on Wednesday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Maria Guevara (library staff) is in charge of the program.

No registration required. Walk-ins are welcome.

The program is free.

Information and Policies

Library Card

Residents: If you are a West New York resident, or own real estate in West New York, we welcome you as a member of the library at no charge.

Non-residents: Anyone who works in West New York and does not live in the town may obtain a temporary library card (good for three years) upon showing prof of employment in West New York. A letter from the employer must be provided and an ID with home address must also be shown.

Free library cards are issued upon presentation of proper identification. Proof of residency must be shown upon application.

Two forms of identification must be presented, such as:

  • A valid New Jersey Driver’s license or identification card issued by the Division of Motor Vehicles.
  • A current tax receipt or a receipt from landlord.
  • A mortgage or lease agreement showing an address in West New York.
  • A current utility bill with name of applicant.
  • A current bank statement with name of applicant.

Lost library cards will be replaced upon receipt of a $2.00 fee and one of the above forms of identification.

Children 18 and under may be issued a library card under the authority of their parent, guardian, or teacher who must present valid identification and co-sign the child’s application. The parent/guardian is ultimately responsible for the return of all the library materials charged to the child’s card, and for all the fines and replacement costs incurred by the child.

Loan Periods

  • Non-Fiction, Regular Fiction, Audio Books, Music CDs, and Non-Movie DVDs and Videos: 28 days
  • Movie DVDs and Videos: 7 days
  • Reference Materials cannot be taken out
  • Patrons may call or come to the library for renewals, or renew online
  • Bestsellers and materials in high demand cannot be renewed. All other materials may be renewed a total of 7 times

Restrictions: Up to 10 books may be borrowed at one time. Only 4 items are allowed on the same subject. Up to 2 CDs, DVDs, per patron are allowed.

Overdues and Other Charges

Please return library materials on time so others may borrow them. A book-drop is available for use when the library is closed.

Fines and Fees are assessed as follows:

  • Overdue materials – $0.10 per day
  • Lost materials – Fees assessed at library discretion
  • Replacement parts (cases, inserts, etc.) – Fees assessed at library discretion
  • Replace lost library card – $2.00
  • Printing – $0.15 per page
  • Copies – $0.15 per page
  • Notary Public Available (Additional Cost May Apply)


You may reserve books by visiting or calling the library and speaking to a staff member at the circulation desk. The material will be held for one week. If materials are not picked up promptly, they will be shelved or charged out to another patron. You may also reserve books online. Go to wny.polarislibrary.com

Book Donations

The library generally accepts books published within a two-year period due to space limitations and a preference for books with the most current information only. The library does not accept old books donation.

Interlibrary Loans

The West New York Public Library participates in a statewide interlibrary loan system which enables West New York residents to have access to various resources by using JerseyCat (link) and JerseyClick (link) in all the libraries affiliated within the system. Any West New York resident with a valid library card and in good standing can request for books and certain AV materials through interlibrary loan. Please contact reference desk.




The Town of West New York is seeking an experienced Library Director to work under the Commissioner of Public Affairs. The Library Director will support the operations of the West New York Public Library. The Town of West New York offers a competitive salary/benefits package and a friendly work environment. Some evenings and weekends required.

Raising the Pride Flag in Honor of Pride Month

Mayor Albio Sires and the Board of Commissioners, invite you to join us in raising the Pride Flag in honor of Pride Month and our support for the LGBTQ+ community.  

-Thursday, June 20th, 2024


-Town Hall

(428-60th Street)

Rabies Vaccination for FREE

Mayor Albio Sires and the Board of Commissioners invite you to have your pets get their Rabies Vaccination for free.

Wednesday, June 5th, 2024 from 5:30PM-8:30PM

Dog Park @ Brand New Miller Park (5812 Jefferson St)

All dogs must be licensed.  Licensing will be available on site:

·      Not-Neutered/Spayed – $11

·      Neutered/Spayed – $8

Clinic conducted by license veterinarians.  Cats must be in carriers. Dogs must be leashed and accompanied by an adult.

Promoting Understanding for World Autism Awareness Day

Mayor Albio Sires and the Board of Commissioners are promoting understanding for World Autism Awareness Day!

On Saturday, April 13th, we will be hosting West New York’s Autism Awareness Event in our Middle School Gymnasium starting at 10 AM.

We are thankful to all of our great partners to help us offer families a fun-filled day.


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