Library Hours 

Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday to Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Summer.
Closed Sunday.

Same hours as above – Children must be accompanied by an adult after 6:00 p.m.

Your library has . . .

Books – more than 100,000 titles
Books in Russian, Polish and Spanish
Children's books in Spanish
Adult Literacy and English as a Second Language collections
Magazines and newspapers – nearly 200 subscriptions
Playaways (digital audiobooks)
Downloadable audiobooks (from eLibraryNJ)
Downloadable e-books (from eLibraryNJ)
Nook eBook reading devices
Large print books
Videos (feature films, instructional, and educational)
DVDs (feature films, TV series, instructional, and educational)
The Great Courses series on DVD
The Modern Scholar series on CD
The Drama Collection series on CD
CD-ROM programs
Foreign language cassettes and CDs
Compact discs
Museum passes

Your library also has . . .

FOR CHILDREN – Story hours for two, three and four-year-olds – Special events – Summer reading program – Puppets – MUZZY language series

FOR TEENS – Young adult books (including graphic novels) – Books-on-CD – Playaways – Book discussion group – Teen advisory board – Summer reading program – Movies – Volunteer opportunities

FOR THE DISABLED – Delivery to shut-ins – Video magnifier – Access to the materials and services of the New Jersey Talking Book and Braille Center

FOR ONE AND ALL – Reference services – Extra copies of bestsellers – Interlibrary loan service – Museum passes – Commercial online databases – Outlook investment services – Internet access, including wireless access – Word processing computers – Educational and cultural programs – Exhibit space – Tax forms

MURAL LIBRARY – As a Cranford resident you have borrowing privileges at 40 libraries in Union and Middlesex counties. Materials may be returned at any of the libraries. Please call ahead to the library you are planning to visit to check on hours and borrowing policies.

FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE – Copying machines – Fax service ($1.00 per page) – Scanner – Telephone reference service – Telephone renewal service – Reserve service – Outdoor book drops, including a 24-hour drive-up drop – Online access to the library catalog and to your library account (including Mobile PAC for smart devices) – Online renewal and reserve service – Library Web page – Postage stamps for sale – Notary public (The service is free, but please call ahead to be sure there will be a notary on the premises when you plan to visit.)
You are eligible for a free library card if you live, work full-time, attend school full-time, or own property in Cranford!


What You May Borrow


Unlimited books
5 magazines
6 books-on-CD
6 books-on-tape
6 books-on-MP3
3 Playaways (digital audiobooks)
5 downloadable books (eLibraryNJ)
1 Nook eBook reader
6 videos
3 DVDs
3 Modern Scholar CD sets
3 Great Courses DVD sets
6 talking books
6 videos
6 compact discs
6 CD-ROM programs
1 or 2 museum passes (museum entry policies vary)


Unlimited Books (4 on one subject)
5 Magazines
4 Books-on-CD
4 Books-on-Tape
4 Books-on-MP3
5 CDs
3 DVDs
6 Videos
4 Puppets


Adult magazine – 7 days
DVD or video – 7 days
New adult book – 14 days
Recorded book (book-on-tape, -CD, -MP3, and Playaway) – 28 days
Downloadable book (eLibraryNJ) – loan period varies
Travel guide – 14 days
Interlibrary loan – 21 days
CD – 14 days
Modern Scholar CD – 28 days
Great Courses DVD – 28 days
Language tapes – 28 days
CD-ROM – 14 days
Children's puppets – 14 days
Children's recorded book (book-on-tape, -CD, -MP3, and Playaway) – 14 days
Most other materials – 28 days


The library's automated system will automatically renew items that are eligible for renewal. The renewal limit for most items is two times. Items with reserve requests on them cannot be renewed. You can also call 908-709-7272 to renew an item, or renew online at To renew online, you will need your library card barcode number and a personal identification number (PIN). If you do not have a PIN or have forgotten it, please stop by the main desk of the library or call the main desk at 908-709-7272.

Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday (summer):  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Closed Sunday.

Children's Room -- Same hours as above
Children must be accompanied
by an adult after 6:00 p.m.