After nearly two years of from-the-ground-up construction, the College opened its six-story, multifunctional Gabert Library in September 2014.
Located at 71 Sip Avenue in Jersey City, the Gabert Library serves as an anchor for the College’s Journal Square Campus and the community.
Entrance to the building from Sip Avenue is available through a soaring, two-story lobby. Adjacent to the lobby is the HCCC Liberty Café, a coffee bar that will also offer pastries, sandwiches, and snacks.
The building’s first two stories (street-level and second floor) are dedicated to the Library itself, which encompasses 33,500 square feet of space. Included here is a “Makerspace,” an area that promotes learning through creativity and crafting, and will be utilized by the College’s students and staff as well as by members of the community. A meditation room and three group-study rooms are also included in the Library’s space.
Situated on floors three through five are 33 classrooms (traditional classrooms, computer labs and tiered lecture halls) and 21 faculty stations. Two rooms on the fifth floor are being named in honor of notable Hudson County natives; the lecture hall (Room 527) will be named for Jersey City educator and HCCC Board of Trustees member, the late Alfred E. Zampella, and a Community Education classroom (Room 518) will bear the name of nationally acclaimed historian Thomas J. Fleming.
The Benjamin J. Dineen, III and Dennis C. Hull Gallery, plus an exhibit space, the College’s 9/11 Monument, and three classrooms will be found on the sixth floor. There is also a roof terrace on this floor, from which one may enjoy spectacular views of Hudson County and the Hudson and Hackensack Rivers.
In Spring 2015, the basement level of the Gabert Library will house the College’s Abegail Douglas-Johnson Academic Support Services, a program that has provided thousands of the College’s enrolled students with tutoring.
The HCCC Gabert Library is an integral part of the College’s $250 million capital expansion program. More than 20% of the glass-and-masonry structure’s materials were made from pre-consumer and post-consumer recycled content, and all materials emit virtually no indoor air contaminants such as VOCs. The Gabert Library is equipped with sustainable and energy-saving features throughout, such as daylight and occupancy sensors, water-efficient fixtures, and high-efficiency mechanical equipment.
The HCCC Gabert Library belongs to everyone in the Hudson County community. The College’s Board of Trustees and administration hope that everyone will take full advantage of and thoroughly enjoy the resources and opportunities associated with the HCCC Gabert Library.
71 Sip Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Phone: (201) 360-4360