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Directions to the Library

FROM ELIZABETH: Take Broad Street eastbound through Hillside, over Route 22/Leigh Valley railroad overpass. Turn left after bridge onto Hillside Avenue. Follow Hillside Avenue (bear left at Maple Avenue traffic light intersection) Library is approximately one mile on the right side, corner of Hillside and Liberty Avenues.

FROM NEWARK AND POINTS EAST: Take Elizabeth Avenue westbound, past Weequahic Park to junction of Broad Street and Hillside Avenue. Bear right onto Hillside Avenue. Bear left at the Maple Avenue traffic light. The Hillside Public Library is on the right side at the corner of Hillside and Liberty Avenues.

FROM PARTS OF UNION, SPRINGFIELD: Take Morris Avenue to Salem Road. Make a left onto Salem Road (right if coming from the the direction of Elizabeth) Continue on Salem Road which becomes Liberty Avenue as you pass Hillside High School. Hillside Public Library is approximately two miles (four traffic lights) past the high school, on the right side at the corner of Hillside and Liberty Avenues.

FROM POINTS WEST: Take Route 22 Eastbound to the Bloy Street exit in Hillside. Immediately after exiting, make a left turn onto Long Avenue. Make a turn at the traffic light onto Liberty Avenue, continue on Liberty Avenue to the next light which is the corner of Hillside and Liberty Avenues. The Library is on the right side.

FROM GARDEN STATE PARKWAY NORTH: Take exit 140, which brings you to Route 22. Drive straight on Route 22, passing Toys 'R Us and Chuck E. Cheese on your right. As you approach an overpass, slow down and take the Bloy Street exit. Make the first left onto Long Avenue and go to the first traffic light. Make a left onto Liberty Avenue and drive one block to the next light. You are on the corner of Liberty and Hillside Avenues. The Library is on the corner of Hillside and Liberty Avenues.

FROM GARDEN STATE PARKWAY SOUTH: Merge on Garden State Parkway South and take exit 143B toward Hillside - Lyons Avenue. Make a left turn off the ramp. At the first light turn left onto Chancellor Avenue. On the third light, turn right onto Grove Street. When you get to the second light turn left onto Hillside Avenue. Continue on Hillside Avenue until you see the first light which is the intersection of Hillside and Liberty Avenues. The library is across the street.

On-line Directions to Hillside Public Library


Your Library Card

Your library card is your passport to our library and its online resources. You may also use your library card at any MURAL library.

  • To get a library card at the Hillside Public Library, you need proof that you live in town (Driver's License or utility bill)

  • Your first card is free.

  • There is a minimal charge to replace a lost card,  $1.50.

  • Cards are renewed every two years.

  • If under age 18, you will need a parent/guardian signature when applying.


You are responsible for anything borrowed on your card.

The number on the back of your library card is unique to you and is your means of accessing our catalog and online resources from outside the library. In addition to your bar code number you also have a PIN (Personal Identification Number). In most cases, the PIN is the last 4 digits of your library card. You may call us to verify your PIN. The library card number and the PIN will allow you to:

  • Search our catalog

  • Reserve materials

  • Check your library account

  • Renew your books

  • Research the online databases

  • Log on to use the library's in-house computers


If you have any questions or problems, or need help accessing our catalog, call us or stop by the library during regular library hours.

M.U.R.A.L. Borrowing
Middlesex Union Reciprocal Associated Libraries

Hillside Public Library participates in MURAL (Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries) for walk-in borrowing at neighboring libraries. As long as your account at Hillside is in good standing, you may use your Hillside library card at the libraries listed below. Just present your library card at the check-out desk but be aware that some borrowing restrictions may apply.


Library (click for website) Phone
Berkeley Heights Public Library 908-464-9333
Carteret Public Library 908-541-3830
Clark Public Library 732-388-5999
Cranbury Public Library 609-655-0555
Cranford Public Library 908-709-7272
Dunellen Public Library  732-968-4585
Edison Public Library  732-287-2298
Elizabeth Public Library 908-354-6060
Fanwood Memorial Library  908-322-6400
Garwood Public Library 908-789-1670
Highland Park Public Library 732-572-2750
Hillside Public Library 973-923-4413
Jamesburg Public Library 732-521-0440
Kenilworth Public Library  908-276-2451
Linden Public Library 908-298-3830
Metuchen Public Library  732-632-8526
Middlesex Public Library  732-356-6602
Milltown Public Library  732-247-2270
Monroe Township Public Library  732-521-5000
Mountainside Public Library 908-233-0115
New Brunswick Free Public Library 732-745-5108
New Providence Public Library 908-665-0311
North Brunswick Public Library  732-246-3545
Old Bridge Public Library  732-721-5600 x5024
Perth Amboy Public Library 732-826-2600
Piscataway Public Library  732-463-1633
Plainfield Public Library  908-757-1111
Plainsboro Public Library  609-275-2897
Rahway Public Library 732-388-0761
Roselle Park Public Library 908-245-2456
Roselle Public Library  908-245-5809
Sayreville Public Library 732-727-0212
Scotch Plains Public Library 908-322-5007
South Amboy Public Library 732-721-6060
South Brunswick Public Library 732-329-4000 x280
South Plainfield Public Library 908-754-7885
South River Public Library 732-254-2488
Spotswood Public Library 732-251-1515
Springfield Public Library 973-376-4930
Union Public Library 908-851-5450