Raritan Public Library





for photos of our

wine craft project.

See the great job done by our patron crafters.




Virtual Chair Yoga with Breda


October 22nd,

November 5th,

& November 19th

@ 2:00pm



Join our popular 'Chair Yoga' instructor, Breda, for a virtual

yoga session via the Zoom app.


Session will last approx.  30 min.

No experiance necessary.


Meeting Link: Click Here




Checkers Library TV

Halloween Special

for Kids


Checkers Library TV has offered their Halloween Special for free. This is their full episode that Checkers Library TV affiliates are utilizing to engage with their patrons on a weekly basis to enlarge children's love of reading and usage of library services.


Click on the following link or the picture above to view the episode on Youtube.


Episode Link: Click Here




Virtual StoryTime

with Ms. Kristen

Monday, October 26th @11:00am



Join Ms. Kristen for StoryTime

and an easy at home craft all themed around Halloween!


We will be linking our next few StoryTime videos here on our website as well as on Facebook on the designated dates.


These videos can be watched at anytime once the link is up.


Video Link: TBA


To check out our previous Story Time videos click here.




Birdhouse Project with Michele Liana via Zoom

Thursday, November 12th @7:00pm


For those of you who want to feed your feathered friends this fall,

join Michele Liana in creating

this easy birdhouse virtually,

via Zoom. All supplies will be

ready for you to pick up at the Library the week of the class. A $5.00 fee applies to cover the cost of materials only. Please call the Library to reserve a

birdhouse kit.



Virtual StoryTime

with Ms. Kristen

Monday, November 23rd @11:00am



Join Ms. Kristen for StoryTime

and an easy at home craft all themed around Thanksgiving!


We will be linking our next few StoryTime videos here on our website as well as on Facebook on the designated dates.


These videos can be watched at anytime once the link is up.


Video Link: TBA


To check out our previous Story Time videos click here.




Looking to Learn 3D Design?


The Library is putting up videos explaining how to do

simple 3D design online using TinkerCad. Our IT Tech Shreya is uploading step by step videos on how to get started on making 3D designs through a free online website called TinkerCad (tinkercad.com).

We will also be allowing patrons

to submit 3D designs (in compliance with our 3D printing policy and set dimension limit) which the Library will print for you and will be available for pick up.


Click here to check out the tutorials.


Thank you to all our volunteers who have helped out in various ways at our Library. We appreciate all your help!

Many Thanks~Muchas Gracias~

~Merci Beaucoup~Danke~

Molte Grazie





Need help with a research project or paper? Have your library card on you and click the link below to access a massive amount of databases.





   Raritan Library Front

    Welcome to the Raritan Public Library

Explore our site to find out information on our books, graphic novels, e-books, magazines, videos, DVDs, recorded books, CDs, and our policies. For books not available in our library we also offer an inter-library loan service. In addition, we sponsor many activities such as Book Clubs for adults and teens, Storytimes for children, movie nights and many educational and entertaining programs. We encourage you to come explore our library to see its rustic and historical features. The Raritan Public Library is an historic site. The carpeting and window treatments are designed to match the time period in which the structure was built. We also feature a museum dedicated to the Raritan war hero Sgt. John Basilone. So come curl up with a good book in our cozy library. We look forward to seeing you.

Newsworthy Information


Inter Library Loan Service will resume on Monday, October 19th.

Our patrons will once again be able to request books from other libraries. Please be aware that it may take a little longer to receive your request as the system has been closed since March.



Beginning Oct 1st, 2020, Raritan Library will be offering copy-machine/printing services and computer usage by appointment only.

Please call the Library at

(908) 725 0413 for more details or to reserve a time slot.



Raritan Public Library has extended its "porch side" pick-up hours to the Library's normal hours of service. They are:


Mon-Thurs= 10am-8pm

Fri= 10am-5pm

Sat= 10am-3pm


For retrieving materials inside the Library, the hours remain as such:


Mon-Weds, Fri & Sat= 10am-3pm

Thurs= 10am-8pm


We look forward to seeing you once again at the Library! Please click on the link below for our safety policies.

Click here.


Returned items are to be left in our dropbox on the front porch. These items will be placed in quarantine for at least 72 hours before they will be shelved and made available for checkout.

Click here for porchside pickup instructions




Residents are invited to take advantage of a number of different options for reading and learning at home. First is the Cloud Library, for a wide selection of e-books, and Hoopla digital services including downloadable e-books, audiobooks, movies, comics, CDs and graphic novels. In addition, the library has two different language programs that can be accessed, Rosetta Stone and Pronunciator. For those interested in learning about their family history, they can use Heritage Quest. The library is also holding weekly virtual programs that people can join via Zoom (check out the links on the left).


Anyone who needs help connecting to our services can call the library at

(908) 725-0413.




                           Image result for cloud library app

Our Cloud Library app will be getting a big interface update on July 1st. You can watch a video here or read about it here if you want to learn more about the changes.


Raritan Public Library patrons now have access to hoopla digital services that includes over 500,000 eBooks, Audiobooks, Movies, TV shows, CDs, Comics, and Graphic novels.  For information on how to get started, click the image above or find the app on your Android or Apple device's app store.  It is also accessible through Amazon Alexa (Echo, Dot, Spot, and Show) devices. Be sure you have your library card number with you when you sign up! 

New Added Offerings from hoopla

  • Quarterly Book Club Selection with no holds, no waiting
  • 2300+ read-a-long ebooks for children
  • Streaming TV support on Roku, fireTV, Apple TV, Android TV and Chromecast.



Raritan Public Library is now offering a second language program: Rosetta Stone. Click on the image above and make sure you have your library card number with you to gain access to the program.


Raritan Public Library is pleased to announce that it now offers the Pronunciator online language-learning system free to our library patrons.  With 80 of the world's most popular languages and ESL courses in 50 languages, Pronunciator is focused on quickly building conversational skills through a suite of interactive online drills, scored quizzes, and downloadable audio lessons and phrasebooks.  Pronunciator offers five possible levels of instruction for each language, covering everyday situations, traveling and conversation.  Pronunciator is available on iPad, Android tablet, iPod, iPhone, and PCs. You can access the program by clicking on the link in the graphic above.



Discover your amazing  family history with HeritageQuest Online. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help you find your ancestors and discover a place’s past.

Click on the logo above and use your library card to access the database outside of the library!




Raritan Public Library now has over 130 college level courses (The Great Courses) on DVD and CD in simple to understand lectures. Over 72 subjects are available including robotics, cybersecurity, climate change, masterpieces of literature, black holes, global economics, markets, and inventions that changed the world.  This collection was made possible through a generous patron donation.



Raritan Public Library is pleased to announce that we now have a subscription to ABC Mouse! ABCmouse.com is an
award winning learning academy. It helps children learn to read through phonics, and teaches lessons in math, social studies,
art, music, and much more.

It is for children age 2 to 7.

If you are interested in logging on to
ABC Mouse at the library,
please ask at the circulation desk or ask
Children's Librarian to assist you.



Did you know that the Morris Museum is now a Smithsonian affilate?  This partnership will favorably impact the upcoming exhibits at the Morris Museum.  Check them out with our free pass.

Click Here for Museum Pass Info



We are now offering one-on-one lessons with our FlashForge Finder 3D printer. Our IT tech Shreya will walk you through making 3D computer designs using TinkerCad, and printing your designs on the 3D printing software. The lessons are approximately 1 hour long and are open to all ages! Please note that there is a limit to how large the objects can be, and objects will be rescaled to fit the session printing time. Call or stop by the library to sign up. Lessons will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and one Saturday per month between 10AM and 3PM.




The Red Mill Museum Village Pass

Raritan Public Library patrons can now visit the Red Mill Museum Village in Clinton, NJ for free.  The Red Mill Pass is good for an entire family: 2 adults and children members on any non-special event day.  Explore 12 historic buildings with a collection of 40,000 artifacts!  Learn about the social, agricultural and industrial heritage of our area.


Raritan Public Library has added an additional Museum Pass Program to the USGA, home to the world’s premiere collection of golf artifacts and memorabilia.  The greatest champions and moments in American golf history come alive through engaging exhibits.  Raritan Library patrons can now visit the USGA Golf Museum in Far Hills, NJ free of charge.  Stop by the Library to reserve your pass which will admit up to 4 people.



Do you know that the Raritan Public Library newsletter is now online?

Click below to view/print the latest happenings at your Library!

March 2020 newsletter

Children & Teen Newsletter March 2020

Recurring Programs for Children March 2020

© 2019 Raritan Public Library

  Contact Information

  54 East Somerset Street
  Raritan, NJ 08869
  Tel: 908-725-0413
  Fax: 908-725-1832

  Hours Information

  Monday 10 AM to 8 PM
  Tuesday 10 AM to 8 PM
  Wednesday 10 AM to 8 PM
  Thursday 10 AM to 8 PM
  Friday 10 AM to 5 PM
  Saturday 10 AM to 3 PM
  Sunday CLOSED


Somerset County


Somerset County Clerk's Office has put out a video on how to fill out your mail-in ballot. Click on the link below to watch the video on YouTube.


Mail-in Vote Video:

Click Here



Visit usatoday.com and call the Library for the email and password to sign in for Digital Access for the USA TODAY newspaper.


The Star Ledger is also available digitally for patrons of the Library only. Please click here for login instructions.


Raritan Public Library is pleased to once again offer a free museum passes to our patrons to:




Click the graphic above for more information regarding visting these special sites.

The Pass can be reserved and picked up at the Library during specified hours.  Please call us at (908)725-0413 for more details.


The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission is looking for residents to fill out a 15 question survey to help our communtiy celebrate history & culture.  If you share your email at the end of the survey you will be entered to win one of their weekly drawing for a

$25 e-gift card. Click the image below to start the survey.


  Did you know you can use your library card to join other local libraries for free?




Archives from the John Basilone Museum are now digitized and available online




This project was funded by the
Marine Corps Detachment 1284 and organized and entered on the web by Bruce Doorly.