Saint John Free Public Library


We are the oldest public library in Canada (founded 1883); Free means we were the first library supported by taxes, not private subscriptions; • Our Special Collections Room is an authentic recreation of a 19th century Victorian salon; The Ring Collection of Art is the only permanent collection featuring well-known Saint John and New Brunswick artists available free to the public; we have fantastic views of the Saint John Harbour; We offer 215,000 items (from books to skateboards) in 3 branches, and access to the provincial collection of over 1.8 million items.



News March 25 2024

Discover the 2024 Dublin Literary Award Shortlist

Discover which 6 books made it to the shortlist, one of world’s most valuable literary prizes!
News January 16 2024

2024 Longlist Revealed

Novels by four Irish authors are among the 70 books nominated by 80 libraries around the world!
News November 28 2023

2024 Dublin Literary Award Judges Announced

Meet our judging panel for 2024 Dublin Literary Award
Video June 2 2023

Highlights from the 2023 Dublin Literary Award Ceremony

Katja Oskamp and translator Jo Heinrich win the prize for Marzahn, Mon Amour.


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