The Library Committee of City Council, on February 24th, adopted a resolution presented by Councilman Charles H. Ellis, formally accepting Andrew Carnegie’s offer of $100,000 for a public library in Camden. On April 28, 1903 the Free Library Trustees recommended the purchase of the Dialogue property, at Broadway and Line Street, 80 x 1600 feet, for the new Carnegie Library. The sum asked was $15,0900 and on November 4, 1903 the property was obtained for that sum.
The Carnegie Library, a long-vacant landmark so neglected that trees are growing inside it, could be restored as part of the city’s turnaround effort. The city is preparing to spend $250,000 to stabilize the century-old building at Broadway and Line Street, said Arijit De, executive director of the Camden Redevelopment Agency. Improvements would include a temporary roof for the once-stately structure, which is considered one of New Jersey’s most endangered historic buildings. Officials then will seek $4 million in restoration funds from the state and other sources, De said.
New closing hours were announced yesterday by William H. Ketler, city librarian, for Camden’s public library at Broadway and Line Street and its branches. The new hours’ will be in effect during July and August.
Under the direction of the Board of Playground Commissioners, the first of a series of entertainments for working girls will be given tonight at the Carnegie Library, Broadway and Line Streets.
During the first eight days of business at the Camden Free Public Library, at Broadway and Line street, Camden, 1562 readers had been registered. William J. Browning, chief clerk of the House of Representatives, has presented the library with a rare and finely illustrated set of “Census of the Philippine Islands.”