Reference Department

The West Caldwell Public Library Reference & Adult Services Department offers high quality print and electronic resources for our patrons’ informational and research needs. Reference services include but are not limited to: inter-library loan requests, computer assistance, research aid, reader’s advisory, and faxing services. If you could like to speak with a Reference Librarian,  you can reach the Reference Department by phone at 973-226-5441 or via email at wcalref@westcaldwell.bccls.org.


ESL (English-As-A-Second Language) – The West Caldwell Public Library offers weekly ESL Language Program from September – May. Classes are held on Monday evenings from 6:30 PM-8:30 PM in the Community Meeting Room. Classes are free and open to the public. To inquire or to register, please contact the Reference Department at 973-226-5441. Walk-ins are also welcome!

For immediate ESL assistance, please click to see our online language learning programs and apps.

Tech Tuesdays- The West Caldwell Public Library offers one-on-one technology instruction every Tuesday. Get help with tablets, phones, downloading e-Books, and more. To inquire or to register, please contact the Reference Department at 973-226-5441.

Proctoring – Due to time restraints, we can only offer proctoring services to West Caldwell residents. To see if we have an available librarian, please email wcalref@westcaldwell.bccls.org.

Faxing Services – The West Caldwell Public Library Reference staff will provide faxing service upon patron request. Faxing service fees are as follows:

There is a limit of six pages per fax number. The Library will not receive incoming faxes for patrons. Unfortunately, the Library is unable to send international faxes at this time.

Research Resources

Research Resources: Full Listing Here

Take a look at our full listing by clicking the link above or look at some of our general research starting points below.

Jersey Clicks

Click here for access. This resource offers a variety of reference materials covering health, science, legal issues, business resources, and continuing education.

EBSCOhost eBook Collection

Click here for access. This collection provides access to a wide selection of full-text scholarly, reference, and professional eBooks that cover topics including the social sciences, humanities, science, and more.

You must have a BCCLS Library Card to use this catalog outside of the Library.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Click here for access. Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for research. These reference materials  can be accessed online in the Library during regular Library hours or from home 24/7.

You must have a West Caldwell Library Card to use this catalog outside of the Library.

Job & Career Accelerator

Click here for access. Use this tool from LearningExpress to create resumes, explore careers and job openings, create professional cover letters and resumes, learn technology and interviewing skills all in one easy-to-use online application.

Magill’s Medical Guide

Click here for access inside the Library or click here for remote access outside the Library

This guide provides accessible and authoritative medical information to the general readers. This electronic guide an up-to-date and easy-to-use resource suitable for student research as well as use by general readers, including patients and caregivers.