Library Materials

All due dates on all materials have been extended to September 30th. We will not be charging fines until that date. The book drop at Main is currently open - library materials may be returned there. The book drop at Elmora will be opened on Monday, June 29th and at LaCorte and Eport, on July 6th. All materials can be returned to any of those two branches.

Please contact us whenever you have any questions about the library and its resources or services.

Reopening and Curbside Pickup

Curbside pickup of materials will start Monday, June 29th at our Main location.  We hope to begin curbside pickup at Elmora on July 6th.  Information about curbside pickup service at LaCorte and Eport will be announced as soon as possible.

Curbside pickup is being offered for items placed on hold only.  [See “Holds & Reserves” below.]

News on when the library will open to the public will follow shortly.

Hold & Reserves

Elizabeth Public Library will begin accepting holds for EPL materials only on June 29th.  In requesting an item, you must have an accurate title.  Unfortunately, at this time you will be unable to browse for materials.  Holds can be placed on books and DVDs through our online catalog. Holds cannot be placed on magazines or newspapers.

The library will contact you to arrange a curbside pickup appointment time.

Reader’s Advisory

If you want to use our curbside pickup service, but not have a specific book in mind, you can submit a Book Request Form at or call (908) 242-6130 between 12:00pm and 6:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Library Cards

An EPL Library card is required to access our online resources, including ebooks and audiobooks.  If your library card has expired, you can email us (at and we will extend your privileges.  If you have forgotten your PIN, you can email us and we will provide you with your PIN.  If you do not have a card, you can email us and we will provide you with account information. Any cards that would have expired during the COVID-19 closure will not expire until September 30th, 2020.

New EPL cards created via email during the COVID-19 closure are for virtual resources only, including our online databases and music, audiobooks and ebooks accessible from Hoopla or eLibraryNJ.  To borrow physical materials, you will need to upgrade your card with proof of Elizabeth residency (or work in Elizabeth/school in Elizabeth) and a photo ID.

Email us at for help with Library card issues.

Local History Room

The Elizabeth Public Library Local History Room is currently closed. Some resources, including digitized editions of the Elizabeth Daily Journal are available remotely.  Please visit our LHR page ( for more information or e-mail for assistance.


On June 23rd, Elizabeth City Council extended the expiration date of any Elizabeth City ID that expired during the COVID-19 closure to December 31, 2020. For additional information, please contact the City of Elizabeth Health & Human Resources Department at 908-820-4731 or via email at

Tax Preparation Help

AARP Tax-Aide is providing virtual tax help as well as information on how to file one's taxes online.

Tax Prep Assistance Request:

Preparing Your Taxes Online:

ESL and HSE Classes

Literacy NJ is currently running classes online and will continue to do so, when the new classes start in September.

Registration for ESL classes starting the week of Sept 7th has begun. Email to register.

Registration for TASC classes starting the week of Sept 7th has begun. Email

For additional information about Literacy NJ’s services, please contact, or call 908-486-1777. (Please leave a message; you will get a call back.)

TASC Testing

TASC testing is suspended until further notice. We hope to resume testing as soon as possible after our reopening to the public, but no date for reopening to the public has set. If you need your test scores, access to your transcript, or have any questions regarding the TASC Test, please email

Accessing Your Library Account

You can see details on your account (checkouts, hold, etc.) by logging in at, and clicking on the My Account button at the top of the page.  You can also access your account through our app LMxPressPlus, which is available from both Google Play and the App Store.  More information on our app is available at

Trouble Accessing Online Resources

You must have a valid EPL card and PIN to access many of our online resources.  [See “Library Cards”]

We have received reports of possible system overloads.  For example, some patrons have reported having had authentication issues with Hoopla, even though the patron credentials were good.  Our library consortium suspects that Hoopla’s authentication servers may be having some type of capacity issues.  If this is happening to you, please wait a bit and then try again.  If the problem persists, please contact us again and we will investigate further.

Meeting Rooms

At this time, use of the meeting is suspended. Following advisory information from the CDC and other organizations, EPL does not anticipate accepting reservations on our meeting rooms until January 2021.

All reservations for dates during the coronavirus quarantine are canceled; if a deposit for a meeting room was made, it will be refunded when the Library following the August 5th Board meeting. 

Employment Opportunities

The Elizabeth Public Library is not currently accepting or reviewing job applications.  Thank you for your interest in the Elizabeth Public Library and visit our Job Application page ( when we reopen.