• Based on the Book March 2015
  • Women's History Month program in honor
    of Barbara Hudgins on March 30

    Barbara HudginsThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will hold a special Women’s History Month program – Barbara Hudgins: A Lifetime of Service – on Monday, March 30, at 5:30 p.m. at the Main Library. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Hudgins becoming the first woman elected to the position of Council-At-Large in Atlantic City. She held that position from 1990-2001. Click here to read more.

  • ebooks March 2015
  • New Chicken Bone Beach exhibit
    on display at A.C. Historical Museum

    CBB pic webThe Atlantic City Historical Museum, presented by the Atlantic City Free Public Library, unveiled a new photo exhibit, Chicken Bone Beach — The Atlantic City Experience, in celebration of Black History Month. The exhibit was developed by the Atlantic City Library and Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation Inc. Click here to read more.

  • Walk-in Job Skills Lab held at library

    job skillsThe Atlantic City Free Public Library offers free weekly Walk-in Job Skills Labs to library members who need help with job-related tasks. We’ll provide refresher tips for your job search. Click here to read more.
  • Womens History Month moved to April 2015

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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.

experience logo no background Click above to visit the Atlantic City Experience site. Visit the Atlantic City Historical Museum and see the best historical and cultural resources of Atlantic City.

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