This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Burlington County Library System! We are thrilled to take a look back at all of the ways our library has grown to serve and connect the residents of Burlington County since 1921. Every month we'll take a deep dive into  our extensive history, share photos and much, much more.

 

  • Explore how our system of libraries came together.
  • Explore the stories of branch libraries and the growth that has connected each location throughout Burlington County.
  • From Book Truck to Mobile Library.
  • By all accounts, the first county library in New Jersey got off to a fine start.
  • It all began with three teachers, who saw the need for better access to books, and worked together to establish the first county library in the state of New Jersey. Our roots began in a single room at a YMCA in Mt. Holly in 1921.
  • This year, we're celebrating a milestone anniversary - 100 years of serving Burlington County! Our rich history is full of important milestones representing decades of achievement and incredible progress.

Explore and interactive timeline of library history.

A patron reads a book at the Riverton Library.
AWE computers are interactive learning stations at branches
Knit/Crochet Club meets at the Pemberton Library
Kid's Yoga Story Time at the Riverton Library
The second version of the BCLS bookmobile, introduced in 1923.
The current location of the Burlington County Library in Westampton has gone through a few renovations.
Library cards used to be a piece of paper with a metal strip that had numbers pressed into it.
Another version of the Mobile Library, the first that allowed multiple people to browse on board.
The Book Ranger Mobile Library
An early version of the digial card catalog.
Librarians work the Reference Desk at the Evesham Library.
Kids celebrate the end of summer reading with the Pie a Librarian event.
Mr. Rick celebrates the end of summer reading at Pinelands Library
Pinelands Branch Library
The second bus version of the BCLS Bookmobile
Outreach event
a patron reads the paper
Librarian teaches at the Evesham Library.
A group performs at the BCLS Auditorium.
Patrons read at the Evesham Library.
Teens decorate a float for the Bordentown Halloween Parade
A group of patrons enter the Burlington County Library in Westampton.
Tewo librarians work together to set up Chromebooks.
A member of the Friends of the Library poses for a picture at at Youth Services event.
Green screen pictures are taken at big Youth Services events.
Maple Shade Library
Our first 1KBBK reader!
Books being processed and sorted, 1958
Main Library, 1958
Newspapers are archived at the main library in Mt. Holly, 1958
Story time in 1957