Get Help! Free Public Services Available at Montclair Public Library

MONTCLAIR, NJ — A trio of public services has recently launched or restarted at Montclair Public Library. These services are free and can be reserved as one-on-one appointments. Two of the services (Access Navigator and social work intern) are also available on a drop-in basis.

Access Navigator

Patrons looking for personalized help with improving their digital literacy, working toward new employment, or developing new skills in general can set a time to meet with the Library’s Access Navigator.

Launched in January and continuing through 2022, an Access Navigator will be available every Thursday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Main Library, to work with patrons on defining and reaching their goals. Anyone who would like to participate in the program will begin with a guided assessment by the Access Navigator to develop a personal plan.

To make an appointment with the Access Navigator, contact the Reference Desk at 973-744-0500 ext. 2234 or 2235. The Navigator is also available on a drop-in, first-come first-served basis.

Montclair Public Library is one of 12 public libraries selected to participate in the New Jersey Library Association’s Access Navigators Program. The libraries were selected following a rigorous application process and cover nine counties around New Jersey. A cohort of skilled trainers (Navigators) rotate through the 12 participant libraries, to provide individualized assistance to persons seeking employment, job training, or digital competence.

The Access Navigators Program is funded through the American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) funds, received by the New Jersey State Library (NJSL), through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Social Work Intern

Launched in November 2021 and continuing until early April, patrons can speak with a social work intern from Montclair State University every Tuesday and Thursday, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Main Library. Stop by to chat or ask about helpful services, including resume building, college information and resources, emotional development and coping skills, job assistance, and time management.

To make an appointment with the social work intern, contact 973-744-0500 ext. 2287. The social work intern is also available on a drop-in, first-come first-served basis.

Notary Services

Following a pause during the pandemic, the Library resumed notary services in October 2021. Notary services are available by appointment only, between 10:30 a.m. –12 p.m. and 1:30–4 p.m. Monday–Friday at the Main Library. Patrons must call 973-744-0500 ext. 2221 in advance to schedule a time.

Patrons must bring photo identification. The relevant form should be filled out but not signed; patrons must sign in front of the notary. If witnesses are required, patrons must bring them to the appointment. The notary cannot provide legal advice or counseling in regard to documents. The notary reserves the right to decline service.

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