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How is the library funded

New Jersey State Law mandates that municipalities with local libraries allocate funding according to the one-third mill formula. With this formula, local libraries receive 33 cents for every $1,000 of assessed property value. In other words, property owners assessed at $100,000 would pay $33/year, less than a dollar per week, for library service. While most municipalities fund the library above this minimum amount, the drop in property values since the recession and the covid-19 emergency has translated into lower overall levels of dedicated library funding.

The library also receives funding from revenues for fees, New Jersey State Library aid and contribution by the Foundation of the Atlantic City Free Public Library, a 501c3 non-profit organization which advocates of rlibrayr services in Atlantic City.

The library Board of Trustees passed a resolution in 2021 ending overdue fees for materials.
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Walkthrough Services FAQ's

What are your hours?

Walkthrough Service Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Main Library: Open Monday through Saturday
Richmond Branch Library: Open Tuesday and Wednesday

Do I have to wear a face mask to enter the library?

As of March 16, 2022, wearing a mask inside the library is optional.

Are there any limits on visits to the library?

People are invited to visit the library as many times as they want per day, and for as long as they want.

What are you doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

The library staff is taking many protective measures. Staff and the public have the option of wearing masks. We encourage staff and visitors to use hand sanitizer upon entering the building and socially distance. Other measures include the installation of plexiglass at our service desks, thorough cleanings throughout the day, and disinfecting materials when they are returned. Also, some of our normal services or often-touched items will be unavailable (see question below).

What will be unavailable?

In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, the following will be unavailable to the public: sitting areas, newspapers, office supplies and water fountains. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.

My items were due back before you closed. What are you doing about overdue fines?

Effective Sept. 1, 2021, the library no longer charges fines for overdue materials. And, overdue fines accrued before the policy went into effect will be waived, regardless of the amount.

Can I sit down to read?

Unfortunately, no. Our sitting area where people can read is unavailable.

Are the book drops open?

The book drops will be open only during hours that the library is closed. Those returning library materials when we're open will need to return them inside the library.

Will you be holding programs?

Yes, but they are primarily online. Registration is required for many of the programs. For the schedule, click here.

Can I use the microfilm?

Yes, use of the microfilm will be available by appointment. Please contact our archivist at (609) 345-2269.

When do you expect things to return to normal?

It’s impossible to predict. Changes in the COVID-19 statistics could positively or negatively affect the hours and services we’re able to offer. In March 2022, we expanded our Main Library hours to include opening on Mondays. We also dropped the mask mandate March 16, making it optional for staff and the public.
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Temporary Renewal Form

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Library Card Application Form

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Email Notification

Would you like a quick, easy way to find out when your books on hold are ready to pick up? How about a reminder that your items are due? You can get all that through email Notices.

How do I sign up?

To sign up for email notices, you will need to log in to "Log in to Your Account" .

Once you have logged in, click on the button that says "Modify Personal Info".   On this page, you will see a form with a text field for your email address. Please be sure to type in the complete email address and be sure that it is correct. Once you have completed the form, click the "Submit" button.

If you ever need to change or delete your email address from our system, you simply need to use the Log in to Your Account section to change or delete the information.


Please be aware that this service replaces paper mailers. At this time we are not able to send both paper and email notices. Also, if you are unable to check your email regularly, this service may not be right for you.

Will I receive other mailings from the Library or from other Agencies if I use this service?

All patron information to be private and confidential. We do not release or sell any patron information, including names, addresses, phone numbers, or email addresses.

If you sign up for email notices, we will use your email address only for Atlantic City Free Public Library business.


What if my email address becomes unreachable?

Our system is designed to watch for "bounced" or "returned" email messages. When an email message is returned to us, we determine if the message is a "critical" message (i.e. a hold notice or overdue notice). In these cases, we generate a backup paper mailer and send it to you.

If there are too many email messages returned from your account, our system will automatically switch your account settings so that you will receive only paper notices.