Lawrence Headquarters Branch

Public Hours

Aged 65+ and Immunocompromised Individuals — Monday : 10 am to 11 am and Friday 10 am to 11 am

  • Monday: 10 am to 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday: 1 pm to 7 pm
  • Friday: 10 am to 4:30 pm
  • Saturday: 2 pm to 4:30 pm

Go to the Hybrid Opening Details Page.

Contactless Curbside Pick-Up

  • Tuesday and Thursday: 10 am to 4:30 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am to 12:30 pm

Appointments must be booked no later than one hour before the timeslot. If you want to book a timeslot within an hour, please call the branch to see if they can accommodate you.

Book an appointment with Mercer County Library System  Book an Appointment Help

Go to the Contactless Curbside Pick-Up Page.

Contact Us

Branch Manager: James Damron

Desk Number
Branch Manager: 609-883-8291
Circulation: 609-882-9246 and 609-883-8294
Fax: 609-538-9238
Interlibrary Loan: 609-883-0245
Reference: 609-883-8292
Youth Services: 609-883-8295

Go to the Contact Us page.


2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

About the Branch

If you haven't visited lately, you may not recognize us!

Far from its humble beginnings as a one room library behind the Lawrence Shopping Center, the Lawrence Headquarters Branch now stands at the helm of the Mercer County Library System, housing a variety of print, electronic and audiovisual materials, in addition to the Lawrence Historical Collection and the Library Administrative Offices. Numerous book displays, bookmarks, newsletters and other handouts serve to inform and to complement our seasonal decorations, creating an atmosphere of warmth and welcome amidst a very busy building!

During our most recent building expansion, which was completed in 1997, the branch gained an additional 7,000 square feet of library space and now boasts eight conference rooms for community and non-profit use, Internet, word processing, Publisher, Excel and PowerPoint access from every public terminal, extensive print and electronic business reference sources, including Lexis-Nexis and a room dedicated to New Jersey materials that also houses key genealogical research resources and a sixteen PC Computer Instruction lab.

The branch offers a full monthly schedule of computer instruction classes, from an introductory mouse class to PowerPoint and intermediate Excel training, as well as monthly adult programming, book discussions and children’s activities, all of which are listed in our monthly "Calendar of Events" and "Computer Instruction Brochure" and are free of charge. In addition to the more traditional programs, the Headquarters Branch coordinates the system-wide Home Bound Delivery Program, which matches patrons who are permanently or temporarily homebound with volunteers who select and deliver library materials.


Youth Program Policy

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

For ages 5 years and under with a caregiver and available at your local branch.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a self-paced program that encourages you to read 1000 books with your child before he or she starts school. Sound overwhelming? It’s easier than you think!

1 a day = 365 a year

3 a day = 1095 a year

Browsing Collection

This special collection of books contains many popular titles and series for you to check out. From Dog Man to the Baby Sitters Club, we have it all!

The books in this collection:
  1. may not be placed on hold,
  2. may be checked out for a period of three (3) weeks, and
  3. can be renewed up to four (4) times!
Available Browsing Reserve Books

Tweens and Teens

Monthly Take-Out Craft Ages 10 - 18

Stop by the Youth Services Desk during regular library hours and pick up a free take-home craft kit. We will provide supplies and instructions! Your job is to take a kit home and have fun putting it together. Better yet, unlike a library book, this is yours to keep!

Kits are available every month of the year except for July and have a limited supply. So come while supplies last. Teens must come in person to receive a kit.


Lucky Day Collection

Stop in and browse our "Lucky Day" collection, which offers popular new books that you may check out for a period of two weeks. Items in this special collection may not be placed on hold and cannot be renewed, making them available to more people, more quickly.

  • Find the Newest Titles
  • No Holds
  • No Renewals
  • Two-Week Checkout

After finding a "Lucky Day" book, please let us know if we need to remove your hold.

Available Lucky Day Books

Visit the Friends of the Lawrence Library website to learn how to become a friend and other ways to support library programming for both adult and children and for volunteer opportunities.

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