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The College Of New Jersey Library

The College Of New Jersey Library

Facilities and Services

The College of New Jersey Library provides high-quality information resources, expertise and a learning environment that enhances the search for knowledge and understanding.  The Library serves as an intellectual, cultural, and social center for the College, empowering TCNJ community members to become self-directed, lifelong learners and responsible citizens.

The five-story, 135,000 square-foot facility, in addition to housing the traditional library collections and services, provides 26 group study rooms, a cafe, a late-night study area, and a 105-seat multi-purpose auditorium.

TCNJ Library Collections

Archives: Materials documenting the college’s history, dating from the Normal School era in the mid-1800’s to the present.  Materials range from early annual reports and a historic textbook collection, through college publications, to photographs, slides, and memorabilia.

Children’s / Young Adults Collection: This specialized area of over 28,000 titles contains many award winning fiction and non-fiction resources for young people from preschool age through senior high school.  Included are reference materials for school age students including: folk tales, poetry, subject guides to picture books, bibliotherapy, selected summaries, review sources and encyclopedias.

Curriculum & K-12 Elementary – High School Texts Collections:  The Curriculum Reference Collection contains several thousand curriculum guides on microfiche from the Kraus Curriculum Development Library.  Behavior objective guides by subject, multiple titles in the series, Educators Guide to Free Materials, and Scope and Sequence charts.

General Collection:  The General Collection consists of more than 562,000 books that have been selected by faculty and subject specialist librarians to support course offerings of the college and to provide a broad representative collection of titles across many disciplines.  This growing collection includes fiction, non-fiction, and children’s / youth books.

Music & Media:  The library’s Music and Media Collections consist of ca. 7,500 volumes of printed music, ca. 21,000 sound recordings in LP and CD format, and ca. 13,000 video recordings in DVD, VHS, and U-Matic formats.

Periodicals:  The library has access to over 30,000 periodical titles, which are available in a variety of formats:  print, online, and microfilm / microfiche.

Reference:  The Reference Collection numbers approximately 11,000 volumes and includes general encyclopedias, almanacs, dictionaries, atlases, and the like, as well as a large collection of subject specific reference works.

Library Holdings (2015):


Books, serial backfiles, and government documents:

(including bound periodicals & newspapers; physical & digital / electronic.

Current serial subscriptions: 

(paper, microform & electronic titles)

Microforms (units): 426,253
Video and audio (units): 53,757
Online electronic database access: 114