• Memorial Day Featured
    The Library will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2017
  • Third Thursday Concert Series resumes June 15

    Martin PayneThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will be bringing free entertainment to the city with its Third Thursday Concert Series. Performances will be held on the third Thursday of each month from May through September. Shows begin at 5 p.m. and will be held at the Main Library. Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3112, for more information. Click here to read more.
  • Library staff mourns sudden passing
    of colleague Providencia Colon

    ProviThe Atlantic City Free Public Library recently lost a beloved friend and colleague. Providencia Colon, 48, who worked at the library since 1986, passed away in late April due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Provi was well liked by her co-workers for her kindness, thoughtfulness, and calm and positive demeanor. Click here to read more.
  • Library opens new Learning Center

    Ribbon cuttingAs part of its National Library Week celebration, the Atlantic City Free Public Library held a ribbon cutting ceremony to introduce its new computer lab – The Learning Center for Computer Literacy, Education and Career Advancement – and Library Equal Access Program (LEAP) technology to the public on April 13. Click here to read more.
  • 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.
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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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