• New Walk-in Job Skills Lab

    job skillsThe Atlantic City Free Public Library is now offering a free weekly Walk-in Job Skills Lab & Speaker Series to library members who need help with job-related tasks. We’ll provide refresher tips for your job search. The lab is on Wednesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. in September and October in the Main Library meeting room. The Speaker Series begins at 4 p.m., following the lab. Click here to read more.
  • Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at library

    Hispanic Heritage MonthAmericans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15-Oct. 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Click here to read more about the Atlantic City Free Public Library is offering to celebrate.
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  • Dr. Pitney markerGuide to Atlantic City Historical Markers available online

    The City of Atlantic City and Atlantic City Free Public Library are pleased to announce the availability of a new digital historical resource featuring the commemorative markers located throughout Atlantic City. These markers share the history of Atlantic City and the stories of many Atlantic City residents. Click here to view this great resource.
  • Library opens teen Makerspace

    MAKE AC logo resized smallTeenagers who love to make things – whether it’s their own clothes, music, movies, video games or inventions – have the opportunity to do so at the Atlantic City Free Public Library. Atlantic City teens are invited to “Make AC: Dream It, Design It, Do It” in the library’s Makerspace, which opened April, 14, 2014. Click here to continue reading.
  • Meet author Jane Kelly on Oct. 18

    missing you in atlantic cityThe Atlantic City Free Public Library will hold a Meet the Author program featuring Jane Kelly at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, in the Main Library meeting room. Kelly writes mystery novels set in New Jersey beach resorts that have a humorous twist, including “Missing in Atlantic City.” 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.

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