• Summer Reading Program
    to begin with party June 26

    Steel PierThe Atlantic City Public Library will hold a Summer Reading Program kickoff party Tuesday, June 26, at 2 p.m. The Summer Reading Program, for children and teenagers ages 0-18, will include a magic show and fun activities. Those who sign up for the program at the party will receive a free book to start their summer of reading. Steel Pier in Atlantic City is once again a sponsor of the Summer Reading Program. Click here to read more.
  • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
    new sponsor of Third Thursday Concert Series

    HRHC Atlantic City Logo 4C CMYK 1 croppedNot only is the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City bringing world-class entertainment to the resort, it is supporting the Atlantic City Free Public Library’s efforts to provide free music to the community. The casino is the new sponsor of the library’s Third Thursday Concert Series — a free monthly music series held 5 p.m. at the Main Library on the third Thursday of each month from April through September. Click here to read more.
  • Sharp haircuts, minds: Library brings
    'Fade to Books' to city barbershops

    Barbershop photoThe Atlantic City Free Public Library has made children’s books available at select city barbershops this winter after being named a recipient of a Fade to Books grant in 2017.
    The New Jersey State Library, in partnership with the Long Branch Public Library and the Bridge of Books Foundation, launched a grant opportunity for public libraries to join with their local barbershops in an effort to spur young boys to read. Click here to read more.
  • You can quickly charge your smartphone,
    laptop and tablet at the Main Library

    Charging StationThe Atlantic City Free Public Library now offers a charging station after being selected as a contract award winner for funding under LibraryLinkNJ’s “Powering Up: Library Charging Stations Incubator Project.” Those who visit the Main Library will be able to charge their smartphones, laptops and tablets for free in a Kwikboost Charging Station, which features eight secure, ADA-compliant lockers equipped with 16 connectors and fast-charging technology. Click here to read more.
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Library History

In November of 1901, a plan for a public library was embraced by Atlantic City residents in a landslide referendum, with 6,062 voters in favor and only 30 opposed. Thus the Atlantic City Free Public Library was established, using as its nucleus 1,000 books from a small, privately-run library opened a few years earlier by the Women's Research Club, a cultural organization that still exists today.

The Library's first quarters were in the third floor of City Hall, located at Tennessee and Atlantic Avenues, where service began on April 3, 1902. The Library formally opened its doors on January 1, 1903, in a wood frame house at Illinois and Pacific Avenues. The land at this site had been recently purchased to be the Library's permanent location and became the Library's home. Subsequently Andrew Carnegie donated $71,000 for the construction. Dedication for this structure took place on January 2, 1905. The photo is of the Andrew Carnegie building circa 1910.

Plans for the current home of the Library began in 1981. The groundbreaking for the new building, located at Tennessee and Atlantic Avenues, took place on January 28, 1982. This modern two-story 3.8 million dollar building, dedicated on July 31, 1985, has a capacity of 135,000 volumes, and three times the reading space of its predecessor. Like its predecessor, it will serve the citizens of Atlantic City for decades.

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