• Library to have delayed opening Feb. 8

    The Atlantic City Free Public Library will have a delayed opening on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, due to computer maintenance. The library will open at 1 p.m. We apologize for the inconvenience.
  • 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 their tax returns by appointment only. You must call 1-800-617-1519 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday to schedule an appointment. AARP will be in the Main Library’s second-floor meeting room on Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Feb. 10-April 13.
  • Need help with your reading or writing skills?

    Literacy VolunteersThe Atlantic City Free Public Library and Literacy Volunteers Association Cape-Atlantic are offering a basic adult literacy class for individuals who need help with their reading and writing skills. The class is for adults on a fifth grade reading level or lower. Click here to read more.
  • Walk-in Job Skills Lab held on Wednesdays

    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. The lab is held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesdays. Click here to read more.


  • Richmond Branch Library has new hours

    richmond branchThe Richmond Branch Library, located at 4115 Ventnor Ave., has new hours. The library will remain open Tuesday through Saturday, but it will close for one hour on those days. The new hours are 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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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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