Thursday, February 10, 2011

Camden New Jersey's Downtown Library Closes for Good Today

Camden library's closure will create a void. (Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/10/2011)

Excerpt:    By any measure, the downtown Camden library is a forlorn repository of books.
The main floor is as dimly lit as a cocktail lounge, a chunk of the second-floor ceiling has caved in, half the bathrooms are out of order, and the librarians can't remember buying a book for at least 18 months.

The columned Federal Street branch will close for good at 8 p.m. Thursday, when the city's library system officially ends.

Its only other library - more than two miles south, on Ferry Avenue - will also close, but will reopen at 10 a.m. Monday under the auspices of the Camden County library system.

Rutgers University is looking for an area in the lower level of its Paul Robeson Library, at Third and Cooper Streets, to accommodate former Federal Street patrons, but no budget, space, or opening date has been specified.

Related articles:
Library decides to puts a positive spin on the situation.  (1/16/2011)
Camden County Library System takes over Camden Free Public Library.  (12/30/2011)
Reformatting the library.  (10/16/2010)
2011 budget outlook remains bleak for Camden New Jersey.  (10/9/2010)
Fairview branch library is closed for good.  (9/8/2010)
Library board postpones decision on closing branch.  (9/2/2010)
"An oasis in the desert".  (8/15/2010)
Camden New Jersey squeeze play?  (8/11/2010)
Camden mayor plays an odd game of library advocacy.  (8/9/2010)
The library dumpster solution.  (8/6/2010)
Mayor proposes 70% cut in library funding.  (7/19/2010)

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