CPL Updates

Library Services

Returning Books & Other Items

  • Items can now be placed in the Book Drop behind the library building at 268 Bloomfield Ave.

  • They can be returned to any of our neighboring PALS PLUS libraries: Verona, Cedar Grove, Fairfield, Little Falls among other libraries. Full List of PALS Plus Libraries

  • Items can also be returned to Roseland Public Library and West Caldwell Public Library at this time. Please note that because they are NOT in the PALS Plus Consortium, they will not have access to your records. In addition, items on your card may take a few extra days to come off when they are returned to a library outside of the PALS Plus Consortium.

Fines are waived

All fines are waived and if any accrued in your account for items being held during this time, please get in touch with us and we will take care of it. We can be reached via email at librarian@caldwellpl.org or leave a voicemail message and your phone number at 973-226-2837 and we will call you back.


If you have any questions about an automated email or text message about library items or membership status, please reach out to us.

Digital Services

Our Digital Library and Research and Lifelong Learning resources are still available. They are accessible 24/7.
This includes:
Libby, Hoopla, Digital New York Times, NewsBank/Digital Star-Ledger, Kanopy, and BookFlix.

Where to Browse/Borrow

Caldwell Residents:

Your library card provides you access to almost* all PALS Plus materials. In Essex County, that includes: Verona, Cedar Grove, and Fairfield Public Libraries. Full List of PALS Plus Libraries.

In addition, you will be able to borrow at participating Essex County ReBL libraries.

Belleville Public Library 
Bloomfield College Library
Bloomfield Public Library
Caldwell University Library 
Cedar Grove Public Library 
East Orange Public Library 
Essex County College Library 
Fairfield Public Library 
Glen Ridge Public Library
Irvington Public Library 
Livingston Public Library
Maplewood Public Library
Newark Public Library 
Orange Public Library 
Roseland Free Public Library
Rutgers-Newark (Dana Library) 
Seton Hall University Library 
South Orange Public Library 
Verona Public Library 
West Orange Public Library

Paid Membership

Your membership has been automatically upgraded and in addition to our digital library, you have access to materials at participating ReBL libraries. See above for the full list.

*Exceptions at this time may be non-traditional items, such as Museum Passes, WiFi Hot Spots, and Library of Things. If you know of someone needing a WiFi Hot Spot, please email our director at rrockman@caldwellpl.org.

Adult & Children Programs and Events

Programs are still on, but with some modifications.

View our Calendar of Events

Adult Programs and Activities

Children & Teen Programs and Activities

Access to Computers and Printers

Most, if not all of our neighboring libraries, allow non-residents to use the space for study/work, computer usage, reading, and printing. However, there may be limitations due to COVID. We recommend calling the library first to find out what is available and what precautions are in place.

In-Person Help from Caldwell Staff

In addition to help via email or phone, we have staff member, Frances Larkey, helping Caldwell patrons at the Verona Public Library. Hours change by week and are most frequently updated on Facebook and Instagram.

Building & Contents - Updated 11/1/21


Temporary Space

Our efforts are now focused on converting 24 Smull Avenue into a long term temporary library space. The town engineer, Department of Public Works, Library Interiors, IT, Phone, and Internet have all had visits to evaluate the building. There is a lot to do, but we're excited about this space and it's potential to provide a community hub in a convenient location.

Archives & Historical Content

Polygon, an experienced and recommended document restoration company, now has our archives and historical documents in their appropriate temperature-controlled environment. This will be a long process as they work on the restoration. We will provide updates when they are available.

Current Status of the 268 Bloomfield Ave Building

At this time, we do not anticipate going back to the current building and efforts are focused on establishing public library services at 24 Smull Avenue.

Future Space

Renovating or building a new facility is a long, multi-year process. Right now we are in the initial stages of information gathering and organizing.