• Richmond Branch Library closed Nov. 22

    The Richmond Branch Library will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 22. We apologize for any incovenience this might cause.

  • Free tickets available for city's
    annual Winter Wonderland event

    Winter Wonderland6The City of Atlantic City will hold its Winter Wonderland Block Party for children Saturday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the City Hall courtyard at 1301 Bacharach Blvd. (located between City Hall and the Atlantic City Free Public Library). Tickets are free and required to gain admission. This seventh annual holiday event is for Atlantic City children ages 3 to 12 and will be held outdoors. 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.
  • Library accepting donations to help
    with Puerto Rico relief efforts

    Voces Unidas por Puerto RicoThose who wish to help those in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria can donate emergency supplies at the Main Library and Richmond Branch Library during normal library hours. The supplies will be given to Voces Unidas por Puerto Rico, a group of local organizations, businesses and agencies that formed to assist with the relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Click here to see what supplies are needed.
  • Live, online tutoring help available for students

    Live Homework HelpStudents who need assistance with homework can receive free, on-demand tutoring help thanks to an online service provided by the Atlantic City Free Public Library. The library offers Live Homework Help™, an online tutoring service powered by Tutor.com™. Students can connect to expert tutors in math, science, social studies and English via the Internet. Live Homework Help is for students in grades K-12 and those taking introductory level college courses. 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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