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Harrison Public Library Hours Are Still Very Limited

Dec 26, 2022
Harrison Public Library Builing Harrison NJ

The Harrison N.J. Public Library is open for very limited hours.  The latter has been the complaint raised at several Town of Harrison Mayor & Council meetings.  Mayor James Fife has promised a change in hours and it appears that the Library Board has added one hour to each day it was open increasing its hours of operation from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to 9 am to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Harrison Public Library is NOT open on Weekends.

Public Libraries provide the community they serve with access to educational resources and a safe space to pursue self-improvement. The Harrison Public library should be striving to serve all members of the community by offering additional services such as book clubs, story times, educational workshops, and children's activities.  As one resident pointed out at a recent Mayor & Council meeting, libraries are supposed to provide vital resources for children and a place for learning and exploration, the Harrison Public Library with its very limited hours cannot fulfill its mission to provide literacy and ensure that everyone has equal access to education and knowledge.

Harrison Public Library Hours Versus Other Local Communities

When you compare the Town of Harrison’s original hours of operation (9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday) before a resident complained at consecutive Mayor & Council meetings.  The Library Board added one hour per weekday extending its close time from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Harrison Public Library is now open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each weekday.  There are no extended hours on any particular day during the week and there are no Saturday hours.  All of the local libraries have expanded hours during the week and are open on Saturdays.

Kearny Public Library (Main)

Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wed.  1 pm. To 7 p.m.

Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday  10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Newark Public Library (Main)

Monday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Friday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

 

Jersey City Public Library (Pavonia)

Monday 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tuesday 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Jersey City (Main)

Monday 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tuesday 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesday 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

North Arlington Public Library

Monday 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Belleville Public Library

Monday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tuesday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday 9 a.m to 1 p.m.

What are your thoughts on whether the Town of Harrison Library should expand its hours and programs?  What would you like the Library to do first to improve access to residents including children and their parents? Let Us Know Your Thoughts on our Community Discussion Board n Board.  If you have not signed up yet to participate you can Sign Up now.