• Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration slated for Sept. 15

    Hispanic Heritage Month celebration2 2011Atlantic City’s annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration — presented by La Casa Dominicana, the City of Atlantic City and Atlantic City Free Public Library — will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Police and Firefighters Memorial Plaza (located between City Hall and the Main Library). Click here to read more.
  • September is Library Card Sign-up Month

    Library card signup monthThe New Jersey Historical Commission has approved a project grant in support of a new Atlantic City Free Public Library exhibit that will debut at the Atlantic City Historical Museum in October. The library will receive an $8,915 grant in support of “The Atlantic City Experience: La Ciudad Atlántica.” Click here to read more.
  • Library receives grant for exhibit
    exploring city's Hispanic population

    princess oreliaThe New Jersey Historical Commission has approved a project grant in support of a new Atlantic City Free Public Library exhibit that will debut at the Atlantic City Historical Museum in October. The library will receive an $8,915 grant in support of “The Atlantic City Experience: La Ciudad Atlántica.” Click here to read more.
  • 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.
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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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