How we came about...
Burlington County Library, the first county library in New Jersey, began in a small room of the Mt. Holly YMCA in 1921 after voters adopted a new law providing for the creation of a county library system. The Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders appointed a Library Commission of five members to administer library affairs. This form of government continues into the present.
Library service grew in popularity, and several moves ensued as more space became a necessity. By 1971, a new headquarters facility had been constructed, Cinnaminson and Bordentown had joined the system as branches, and a bookmobile began visiting areas without local facilities. Medford and Evesham had joined the system by 1975. The Pemberton Branch joined the system in 1987. In 1991, the Headquarters Library building was significantly enlarged, and is currently undergoing another expansion. Maple Shade became a branch in 2001 while Riverton joined us in 2003. Nine community libraries located in Bass River, Beverly, Burlington City, Crosswicks, Delanco, Florence, Mt. Holly, Riverside, and Vincentown maintain an association with the County Library as "member" libraries.
The Burlington County Library System has expanded services to county residents and upgraded technologically. It has the distinction of serving the largest county geographically. Residents located in 818 square miles of both rural and suburban areas have access to over 1,000,000 items within the system, thousands of periodicals in print or electronic format, as well as more than 60 online databases covering education, health, careers, business, history, genealogy and more. Most of our databases are available to customers remotely at their home or office PCs. Other collections include large print books, eBooks, New Jersey and genealogy materials, foreign language titles, CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Rays. In addition, our bookmobile, public use computers, free WiFi access, many great programs for children and adults, and more than 190 dedicated staff members all make up the Burlington County Library System!
Customers of the Burlington County Library System have 24-hour online access to the catalog and a smartphone app that goes where you go!
Through our website we offer ESL and foreign language lessons from Rocket Languages, access to digital versions of the New York Times & Philadelphia Inquirer, streaming video via Films on Demand, access to your favorite music via Freegal, digital versions of your favorite magazines via Zinio, alongside access to thousands of research and homework resources, almanacs, encyclopedias, and more!
And if you prefer to read your books on a device of your choice, our ebook download service, around since 2003, allows you to read books without the book! From bestsellers to biographies and audiobooks to go, we have an ebook collection with over 7,000 titles to choose from.