Only in Hudson County! Free books declared to be the same thing as a hole in the ground!

Jersey City Free Books popup table

A common query at Jersey City Free Books – generally posed in an accusatory tone – is “What does the City give you to do this?” As Municipal support has been noted only by its absence, this is always good for a laugh. But that’s a lot better than what the County is giving us now: a hard time.

Last Thursday, Jersey City Free Books received a visit from someone identifying himself as an employee of Hudson County Engineering. He informed us that Project Coordinator Jack Dempsey declared that giving away books on the corner of Kennedy and Griffith must stop. The explanation was that a drunk might walk into a table of books and so sustain injuries. Also, the civil rights of pedestrians were violated by forcing them to encounter books. He added that these grave problems might be made to go away by the purchase of a permit – the same one required for contractors excavating a sidewalk.

Is it right that free books should be treated like digging a hole?


With the help of Ward D Councilman Michael Yun, the issue appears to be resolved!. Weather permitting, the books again will be on the corner of Kennedy Blvd and Griffith during the times listed at the Main Page of the Web Site.

Reading frenzy at Jersey City Free Books!

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Jersey City Free Books at 297 Griffith St. is a community book store that provides something to read without charge, obligation, registration or indoctrination.

Children at Pag-Asa Island (Hope) Elementary School in the Philippines reading books from Jersey City Free Books.

Jersey City Free Books serves seniors, students, the unemployed and working families. Thousands of books are available. A wide-distribution magazine has recently listed us as a tourist destination! In addition to the local community, we’ve provided books for a school in the Philippines, a shelter in Camden, a mission in Africa and a student film in New York City.


Everyone is welcome to take any number of books for their reasonable, personal use. Jersey City Free Books is eager to assist local charities by providing quantities of books. More information — including the current schedule — is available at the Web Site.

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Meet Mattie, a great friend of Jersey City Free Books. He -- and all his male relatives -- served in the Armed Forces. Jersey City Free Books says "THANK YOU" to each and every veteran, but especially to our neighbors!

2 thoughts on “Only in Hudson County! Free books declared to be the same thing as a hole in the ground!”

  1. Free Books is a gift to Jersey City and Hudson County. As a friend of mine recently said, “Any civilized city has a free bookstore.” Thanks, Anthony, for hosting something so inspiring and edifying. I love bringing out-of-town visitors to two “must sees” in JC: Liberty State Park and Free Books. Long live free open space and Free Books!

  2. It is outrageous that the city wants to give Anthony and free books a problem. It just shows the mentality of the city where money trumps all. It’s disgusting that free books is doing a community service that has been appreciated by all who stop by and yet the city tells him to stop! Ridiculous. Leave Anthony and free books alone unless it’s to congratulate him on great work or to donate to the cause.

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