Lawrence Headquarters Branch


Monday - Thursday: 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Friday and Saturday: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday: Open during the School Year from 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Holidays: Go To Hours Page


2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Contact Us

Branch Manager: James Damron
Circulation: (609) 882-9246
(609) 883-8294
Fax: (609) 538-9238
Interlibrary Loan: (609) 883-0245
Reference: (609) 883-8292
Youth Services: (609) 883-8295

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.

- James Damron, Branch Manager

Ongoing Programs by Audience

Kids Youth Program Policy

Quiet Play Ages 0 - 5

Weekdays: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Saturdays: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

The children’s activity room will be open to families. Fun and educational toys are housed in this room for independent play and learning. Clean up will begin at 11:30. Materials have been purchased by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Note: Although partially separated, this room is not soundproof and ongoing noise can be heard in the library where other visitors and staff are present. We ask caregivers to stay aware and monitor their noise and activity levels.

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!

Want to see what we have available right now at Lawrence?

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

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.


Poetry Circle

The Lawrence Poetry Circle meets monthly on the second Thursday of the month from September through June at 7 pm at the Lawrence Library.

Each month we dig into one poet’s work or a poetry topic, with copies of poems available at the Lawrence reference desk for pick up. We read and discuss these poems at the meeting.

Please join us for any and all of our sessions. You don’t need any particular background or special knowledge of poetry – just a desire to explore and to share your responses to the words on the page!

Upcoming Poets:

Date Subject
February 13, 2020 Philip Larkin
March 12, 2020 Edna St. Vincent Millay
April 9, 2020 Haiku
May 14, 2020 Jorge Luis Borges
June 11, 2020 Poetry Reading & Open Mic

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.
Friends of the Lawrence Branch