Welcome to the Secaucus Public Library’s Webpage!
With its humble beginnings in 1935 in Town Hall’s attic, The Secaucus Public Library has grown to play an active role in a vibrant and civically engaged community; a place where people celebrate words, ideas, and community every day.
Located on the main street of Paterson Plank Road and at the store front of the Xchange, the library is easily accessible to Secaucus residents and any visitors. A world-class collection, expert staff, and thousands of engaging programs each year mean that everyone can find something at the library. For more than 78 years, the Secaucus Public Library has been impacting the lives of Secaucus residents.
The Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center will be celebrating its 90th Anniversary on March 18, 2025!
Secaucus Public Library Timeline:
1935– A community effort, spurred on by a small group of volunteers, resulted in the opening of the first Secaucus Public Library. Housed in two rooms on the third floor of the original Town Hall, its only access was via a narrow, metal, spiral staircase. The library, which was open just 10 hours a week and staffed by volunteers until 1937, contained a collection of 200 new books and 1,030 donated materials.
1957– The new Secaucus Public Library at Plaza Center opened its doors to a facility projected to serve a population of 10,000 and house a maximum of 20,000 books. By 1984, however, increased library patronage, an expanding collection and the introduction of technology and the Internet made it apparent that the library had outgrown its quarters. By 1992, it was mandated the building comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act to make the facility accessible to all. Saving then began in earnest, along with discussion for a library that would meet the growing community’s needs.
2003– The Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center, located on the main street of Paterson Plank Road, proudly opens its doors with a collection of approximately 57,000 items to serve a residential population of 15,931 and a business/corporate community that more than doubles that number each day. To meet the demands of the 21st Century, the new library provides access to instant information and state-of-the-art technology. Its programs and resources define the library as the informational, educational and cultural hub of the community.
2020– The Secaucus Public Library was proud to announce the opening of a new location, The Secaucus Public Library Katherine Steffens Annex on August 1st, 2020. Located at 1007 Riverside Station Blvd, this branch location serves the community at the Xchange at Secaucus Junction. This library offers a variety of services. Some of them include: children's programs, 3D printing, laptops for checkout, book a librarian and much more. Some of our children's programs include: story time, musical tots, sensory wall, therapy dog, local community members story time and much more.
Today– The Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center and Katherine Steffens Annex have circulated over 100,000 items to serve a residential community of 22,180.