• Exchange 'Food for Fines' on overdue items Jan. 17-21

    MLK Day of ServiceThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will hold a “Food for Fines” drive from Jan. 17-21 in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. People with overdue materials can make a food donation at the Main Library or Richmond Branch Library in lieu of paying a fine. For each non-perishable item donated, the accrued fines for one overdue item will be waived. Click here to read more.
  • New weekly Tai Chi class for seniors begins Jan. 13

    Tai ChiThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will host a weekly Introduction to Tai Chi and Qigong class for adults 60 and older on Fridays, beginning Jan. 13, at the Main Library. Classes are free and run from 10:30-11:30 a.m. An instructor from the Milton & Betty Katz JCC of Atlantic County leads the classes. Click here to read more.
  • Make appointment for assistance with tax return

    taxesVolunteers from the Tax Aide Program of AARP will be at the Atlantic City Free Public Library to assist the community with basic tax returns by advance appointment only. You must call 1-800-617-1519 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday to schedule an appointment. AARP will be at the Main Library on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 15 through April 12.
  • Receive one-on-one assistance
    at weekly Walk-in Job Skills Lab

    job skillsThe Atlantic City Free Public Library offers a free Walk-in Job Skills Labs to library members who need help with job-related tasks. We’ll provide refresher tips for your job search. Beginning in January 2017, the lab will be held Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please note the new lab hours. Click here to read more.
  • 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™. 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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