The reference librarians at the Elizabeth Public Library Information Services Desk will help you find the information you need when you need it. In addition to our reference books and documents, we are trained to locate and evaluate information on the Internet, or we can give you a referral to another area library or agency that can help you. Call us at (908) 354-6060, ext. 7203 or visit us on the 2nd floor of the Main Library and tell us what you need.

In addition to the encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other resources you typically find in library reference collections, the EPL offers you a selection of books and other documents containing state, county, and local information of interest to researchers. Our staff is always available to help you with your research needs, in person, over the phone, or at


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General journal articles, plus newspaper, business, education and health sources.




The Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium holds the Elizabeth Public Library catalog and is a not-for profit membership organization which provides a full range of library automation services to its member libraries.


Your source for the most up-to-date information available on funders from around the United States and their grants, with more than 92,000 United States foundations and their corporate donors featured.


More than 800 online courses, tests, and e-books.  including SAT, ACT, Advanced Placement and CLEP practice tests, Examinations for Fireman, Law Enforcement and other Civil Service positions, GED test prep, reading, writing and math skills improvement for grades 4 and up.

In addition to offering courses for 80 non-English languages, it is also an outstanding tool for learning English as a Second Language.

Also includes an atlas, a dictionary, a Spanish language children's encyclopedia and educational resources for parents and educators.



The Elizabeth Public Library is a Selective Depository Library. Explore publications, journals, microfilm and more on hundreds of topics at the library. Established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to its Government's information, the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) involves the dissemination of information from all three branches of the Government at no cost.