Explore controversial issues with Gale Opposing Viewpoints

Gale Opposing Viewpoints is a great resource for finding out about all sides of an issue, and current “hot topics.” For example, now that President Obama has announced his support for same-sex marriage, and this may become an issue in the 2012 Presidential campaign. To find out about same-sex marriage and other timely topics, try out one of Atlantic City Free Public Library’s Premium eResources, Gale Opposing Viewpoints.
Opposing Viewpoints covers thousands of pro and con articles including primary documents, journal and newspaper articles, statistical tables, charts, graphs, podcasts, web sites and images.

A.C. Library International Night Series concludes fifth season

Music and dance from around the globe was once again featured on the Atlantic City Boardwalk this summer as part of the Fifth annual Atlantic City Library International Night Series. Watch videos from some of this year's performances. The weekly series, co-sponsored by the library and City of Atlantic City and funded in part by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, featured 90-minute live performances at Kennedy Plaza, located on the Boardwalk between Mississippi and Georgia avenues.

Join in on Summer Reading Program fun before it's too late

Dream Big ReadThe Atlantic City Free Public Library encourages children and teenagers to “Dream Big – Read!” as part of the library’s annual Summer Reading Program. You can view and print the entire Summer Reading Program schedule and program info here. (Scroll down to see both pages).
Children and teenagers ages 0-17 are eligible to participate in the program, which will include a variety of fun and educational events. Children nine and younger must be accompanied by a supervising adult in order to attend. All programs will be held at the Main Library unless otherwise noted. Space is limited. It’s best to reserve a spot by calling (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050.

Asian-Pacific newspapers, statistics available to you

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Did you know that the Atlantic City Free Public Library offers a great eResource called Library Press Display that gives you access to current newspapers from around the world in their original language, including publications from China, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea and Thailand?
Library Press Display features more than 1,700 newspapers from 92 countries and in 48 languages. Atlantic City Free Public Library cardholders can access Library Press Display 24 hours a day from any device that has an Internet connection.

Main Library is closing at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 17

The Atlantic City Free Public Library's Main Library location (One North Tennessee Avenue) is closing at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, due to a utilities issue. The Main Library is scheduled to reopen to the public at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 18. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.
The Atlantic City Library Express location (3001 Atlantic Avenue) will remain open until 6 p.m. Thursday.

Join us for Library Day at the Aquarium on May 12

ocean themed craftThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will present its Third annual Library Day at the Atlantic City Aquarium on Saturday, May 12.
A day of crafts, face painting, diving and animal shows, and storytelling is planned for Library Day at the Aquarium.
Those interested in attending can request two free admission tickets at the Main Library Youth Services Department. Library cardholders also have the option of requesting their two tickets at Atlantic City Library Express.
Free admission tickets are limited. Those who don’t receive free tickets but wish to participate can pay for admission at the aquarium. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for children ages 4-12. Children under three are free. Children 12 years of age or younger must be accompanied by an adult.
PHOTO: Ocean-themed crafts, plus facepainting and storytelling, will be offered on Library Day at the Aquarium.
The Library Day at the Aquarium schedule is:

Library marks Cinco de Mayo with celebration, teen craft

The City of Atlantic City and Atlantic City Free Public Library held a Cinco de Mayo celebration Friday, May 4, in Police and Firemen’s Memorial Plaza, located between City Hall and the Main Library. The celebration included festive music by Ricky y Sus Mariachis and a dance performance by Organizacion Carnaval Putleco (Atlantic City and Egg Harbor Township high school students.) Milton F. Ramirez served as the Master of Ceremonies.

Great environmental resources offered at library

Looking to learn more about Earth Day and the environment? The Atlantic City Free Public Library can help.
The Reference Department has compiled a comprehensive online guide with environmental-related resources here at the Atlantic City Free Public Library. The guide features library books, eResources, DVDs and audiobooks about the environment, global warming, alternative & clean energy, and green living. The guide also includes a list of websites related to various environmental topics. If you have any questions about these resources, please visit the Main Library Help Desk or email reflib@acfpl.org

National Library Week to include creative writing workshop, Food for Fines

NLW 2012The arrival of April is special to many people for different reasons —for some it signifies spring time, while for others it marks the beginning of baseball season.
April is also a big month for libraries. National Library Week (April 8-14) and National Poetry Month are both recognized during that month. Whether you are a job seeker looking for resources to land a new job, a parent looking for free activities for children or a student searching for your next favorite book, you belong at your library.
Today’s libraries help level the playing field by making both print and digital information affordable, available and accessible to all people. Libraries provide cultural heritage and genealogical collections, materials in print and electronic formats, job seeking resources, English as a second language and citizenship classes and many other creative and resourceful programs.

Online resource offers look at important female educators

March is Women’s History Month. Since 2012 is the 40th anniversary of the passage of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which mandated equal opportunity for women in all federally funded public educational institutions, we are featuring some pioneering women educators. To find more information on these pioneers in education, please look at our fantastic ebook, Women in world history: a biographical encyclopedia, which is part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Gale Virtual Reference Library available 24/7 to library card holders

galeAtlantic City Public Library card holders have 24/7 access to the Gale Virtual Reference Library, which is available from any device with an Internet connection.
The Gale Virtual Reference Library provides access to eBooks covering thousands of topics, including: biography, business, education, environment, history, religion and science. These eBooks are a great place to start your research, since they offer well-researched and detailed information.

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Atlantic City Free Public Library

The Main Library of the Atlantic City Free Public Library is located near City Hall and is adjacent to the Atlantic County Offices. The Richmond Avenue Branch is located on the corner of Ventnor and Windsor Avenues connected to the Richmond Avenue public school. The Alfred M. Heston Collection is located within the Main Library. The Atlantic City Historical Musuem is located at the Garden Pier.

To get directions to one of our locations, click on one our our locations on the map below, enter your address, and click get directions.

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Main Library Address and hours

1 North Tennessee Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(609) 345-2269
Monday-Wednesday Thursday-Saturday Sunday
9:30 AM - 8 PM 9:30 AM - 5 PM closed


There is metered parking on the streets surrounding the library. The library also offers free validation for one hour of parking at the New York Avenue Parking Garage located on South New York Avenue between Atlantic and Pacific Avenues.


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The Atlantic City Heritage Collections Location and Hours

The Atlantic City Heritage Collections of Atlantic City history is located within the Main Library, near the Help Desk, and has open research hours on the days below. No appointment is needed during these hours.

Wednesday Thursday
2 PM - 4:30 PM 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM and 2 PM - 4:30 PM


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Richmond Avenue Branch

4115 Ventnor Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(609) 340-0215
Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm

Street Parking Only.

The Richmond Avenue Branch is located on the corner of Ventnor and Windsor Avenues connected to the Richmond Avenue public school.

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The Atlantic City Historical Museum Location and Hours

While the museum is closed for repairs, visit us at our temporary location for our Hometown Teams sports exhibit:
Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton College
2200 Fairmount Ave.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(609) 626-3805
Open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm
The Wave Parking Garage is adjacent to the Arts Garage. There is a fee for parking.