Perth Amboy Free Public Library, serving an area of 48,000 residents, has a collection of 176,000 books and periodicals; in addition, there are 780 CDs, records, cassettes and other audio materials, as well as 1,800 video items, such as DVDs and VHS tapes. Internet terminals are available for use by the general public.
Staffing consists of 11 employees, of whom 2 are fully accredited librarians, plus volunteers. Annual expenditures on the library collection total $240,000. Patrons make 132,000 visits annually, and check out materials 230,000 times. Twenty-six percent of all check-outs are children's materials.