Raritan Public Library




Virtual Chair Yoga with Breda


May 20th
June 3rd & 17th

@ 2:00pm

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

yoga session via the Zoom app.


Session will last approx.

45 mins

No experience necessary.
We recommend you provide your email address to us so we can send you the Zoom link

in advance.

Meeting Link: TBD



Flower Trellis Wreath
with Michele Liana

Date: TBD

Join Michele Liana in creating this beautiful flower and moss-covered trellis wreath. Class will be held on Zoom.

A $15 fee applies for materials only and is due at time of registration.

There are 3 spots available.

Please note that flowers may vary from photo.



RPL Board of Trustees Meeting

Thursday, May 20th, 2021

@ 7:00pm

The regular monthly meeting of the Raritan Public Library Board of Trustees will be held virtually via Zoom.


Meeting Link: TBD



"Out of Rushmore's Shadow:

The Luigi Del Bianco Story"

Thursday, May 27th @ 6:30pm

Library venue: TBD

Author, actor, singer, and storyteller, Lou Del Bianco, will present a fascinating story about his grandfather, Italian immigrant, Luigi Del Bianco, who was the chief carver of Mount Rushmore and who finally received well-deserved recognition for his invaluable contribution to our beloved National Monument.

Call the Library at (908)725-0413 to learn more details about the special program and to register.


Patriotic Grapevine Wreath

with Birdhouse

Thursday, June 3rd @ 6:30pm

Join Irene Mortko in making this beautiful floral patriotic wreath (12 inches) just in time for you to display it for Flag Day and the 4th of July.

A $10.00 fee is due at the time of registration for materials only.

A kit will be ready for you to pick up prior to the Zoom presentation.

Sign up early as class size is limited.



Bobby Darin:

Beyond the Sea

Thursday, June 10th @ 3:00pm & 6:30pm

Bobby Darin archivist, Jimmy Scalia, will be presenting the life and music of Bobby Darin. This journey takes you on an in-depth look at his life & career with a multimedia presentation and with memorabilia from his personal collection.


BRHS Art Exhibit

From June 1st to June 30th, 12 talented BRHS Honors Art III students are exhibiting their original art at the Raritan Public Library. Come and view 22 of their best pieces to support the endeavors of these local, up-and-coming artists.



Come in to meet

our new Children's Librarian,

Ms Amber, and receive a goodie bag!

Watch her introductory video by clicking the image below.


Interactive digital Storytimes

will begin in December.


Click here to visit

Ms Amber's StoryTime Room.


We can't wait to see you!



Storytime with Miss Amber

Join Miss Amber for Storytime

via Zoom

Looking to Learn 3D Design?


The Library has put up videos explaining how to do

simple, 3D design online using TinkerCad. Our IT Tech has uploaded step by step videos on how to get started on making

3D designs through the free

online website called TinkerCad (tinkercad.com).

We are also 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


2nd Annual Raritan
Town-Wide Yard Sale

On Saturday, June 5th, Raritan will be holding its 2nd annual town-wide yard sale. Please click on the link below for a registration form and instructions. This spring will be a perfect time to sell unused items. Rain date: June 19th.

Registration form link


Important "Good News"

Beginning Monday, March 1st, the Library will be expanding its inside hours to 5:00pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Please be aware that, for everyone's protection, COVID-19 protocols will still be in place. We look forward to seeing more of our special patrons in person!


Raritan Public Library is pleased to announce that the Axis 360 app is now available for all library card holders and patrons. Use your Raritan Library Online Catalog login to access over 1,500 online ebooks and audio books anywhere you go. Axis 360 is free and accessible from your browser, phone, tablet, or Kindle device. 

iPhone/iPadAndroidAmazon Kindle


Beginning February 1st 2021, Raritan Public Library patrons will be able to access Brainfuse, a tutoring web-based service for children of all ages.  Live tutoring engage patrons through online homework help, writing lab assistance, test prep and more.

This service is made possible through the CARES Act and will be available until

June 15th, 2021.

Click here to access Brainfuse and create an account.  Don't forget to have your library card with you when signing up.



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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 card holders 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.  Check out items marked with the February bonus borrows emblem which can be accessed WITHOUT using up one of you Hoopla borrows for the month! Over 2300+ read-a-long ebooks for children! Hoopla is also accessible through Amazon Alexa (Echo, Dot, Spot, and Show) Roku, fireTV, Apple TV, Android TV and Chromecast devices. Be sure you have your library card number with you when you sign up! Please note our library is not part of the Somerset County Library system.



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 DVDs and CDs 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.



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.

For children ages 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 Libr
arian to assist you.

3D Printer how to with FlashForge Finder. Our IT tech will walk you through making 3D computer designs using TinkerCad, and printing your designs on the 3D printing software. 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 for more inforation about our 3D Printing Lessons.


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

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

Newsletter April 2021

Children & Teen Newsletter February 2021

© 2021 Raritan Public Library

  Contact Information

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

  Library Walk-in Hours

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

  Porch Side Pickup Hours

  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

  Click here for more information   on Porch Side Pickup.


Register for your COVID-19 vaccine at the library!

Are you in a high-risk group?  Do you want to register for the COVID-19 vaccine, but your're unsure how to do it?

We can help!

Set up an appointment to be walked through the process of registering for for the vaccine online.

Please note that you must have an email address to register online.

No email?  Just call

1-855-568-0545 to register over the phone.



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 free museum passes to our patrons to:




Red Mill Museum

Be sure to check the

website for the

museum hours.



Starting April 1st they will be open everyday for tours from 11am to 3pm. Check their website for more details on holiday closings.


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.




  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.