Our Adult Collection is located on the main and lower level. From adult programming to services that include free notary, job search help, internet/computer use, adult classes and more, the Long Branch Free Public Library is an up to date, modern library that values traditional service and superior customer service.

    Main Floor: 
         Popular Fiction, New Non-Fiction and Large Print
         World Languages

         New Movies, Audiobooks & Music

         Meeting Room - (click here for more information)

         Technology & Career Center        

         Local History Room

         Notary Service*

   Lower Level:

         Programs & Events  (click here for more info)

         New Teen Zone!
         Magazines & Newspapers
         Notary Service*

         Fax and Copying Services - fees apply
         12 public internet computers (ages 12+) & 1 typewriter
         Microfilm machine, photocopier and fax machine.​​​​​​​​​​
         (fees may apply, please ask for help at the reference desk)



*Notary service is provided free of charge, please bring a valid ID and do not sign paperwork to be notarized until you are in the presence of Notary.  You may call

ahead to ensure Notary will be available.



Reference Librarian Janet Birckhead suggests the following resource for April:

Thematic Guide to American Poetry by Allan Burns 

Are you looking for poetry on a particular theme?  Thematic Guide to American Poetry, by Allan Burns, can help you!  This source would be of tremendous value to teachers who wish to incorporate poetry into lesson plans.  It would also be useful to students who want to better understand the poems cited or to anyone who wants to see how different poets treated the same subject. 

Each chapter consists of an essay on a specific theme.  The introduction define “theme” and explains the scope and limitations of this volume.  In each chapter, Burns discusses how that theme is handled in the poems he cites.  There are a minimum of four, and up to more than a dozen, poems in each chapter.  A list of the poems cited, together with abbreviations for anthologies in which those poems can be found, appears at the end of each chapter.  At the beginning of the book, there is a list of the abbreviations used.   Biographical sketches and suggestions for further reading, along with title, name, and subject indexes, can be found at the end of the book. Themes include Art & Beauty, Civilization, Family Relations, Freedom and Slavery, Individual and Society, Innocence and Experience, Life and Death, Loss, Love and Sex, Memory, Nature, Obligations and Choices, Poetry, the Self, Skepticism and Belief, Suffering and Joy, Thought and Perception, Time and Change, Tradition and Heritage, Truth and Appearances, and War.   

Books in the reference section must be used in the library.   When you find what you need, photocopiers are available in the Adult Services Department. Copies are $.10 per page. However, we also have many books of poetry that can be borrowed, including some of the anthologies mentioned in Thematic Guide to American Poetry.  Ask the staff at the Adult Services Desk for help in locating this book or one of our volumes of poetry.  If you are looking for a specific poem, we may be able to locate it on the internet and print it for you.  




















Welcome to our Adult Services Department
Adult Classes

English Classes -   Thurs. @ 6 pm
Computer Classes - on hiatus.  We have many wonderful self-guided tutorials available for those seeking to learn and/or better their computer skills.


Bridge Club

 Tuesdays 1-4pm, Thursdays 6-7:30pm


Mah Jong

Wednesdays 11am-1pm


Book Clubs 
Nonfiction Book Club - Main Library

Third Thursday of each month 1:30-3:00pm

Upcoming selection:


November 20:                 "Inventing a Nation" by Gore Vidal

December 11th:              "The Myths of Happiness"

                                               by Sonja Lyubormirsky

January 15:                       "Duel with the Devil" by Paul Collins

February 19:                     "Some of My Best Friends are Black"

                                              by Tanner Colby

March 19:                          "Out of Order" by Sandra Day O'Connor

April 16:                             "Q:The Autobiography" by Quincy Jones

May 14:                               "My LIfe in Middlemarch"

                                                by Rebecca Mead


ELBERON BOOK CLUB - Elberon Branch Library
First Wednesday  of each month at 6:30pm

Friends of the LBPL Monthly meeting follows Book Club. 

Upcoming Selections:

October 1st:             "The Lifeboat" by Charlotte Rogan

November 5th:         "The Light Between Oceans" by M.L. Stedman

December 3rd:           Friends of the LBPL Annual Holiday Gathering

January 7th:              "The Astronaut Wives Club" by Lily Koppel

February 4th:             "The School of Essential Ingredients"

                                            by Erica Bauermeister

March 4th:                    "We Were Liars"  by E. Lockhart

April 1st:                       "My Name is Mary Sutter" by Robin Oliveria

May 6th                          "The Lowland" by Jhumpa Lahiri