Founded in 1757, The Library Company of Burlington is the oldest library in continuous operation in New Jersey, and has the distinction of being the seventh oldest in the United States. The founding members paid membership fees to join and annual dues alongside the donation of over 700 of their own books to start the Library. It was the first library in the U.S. to publish a catalog of books in 1758.
Burlington Bookends is an organization that affords students in grades 6 through 12 the opportunity to work together to further the mission of the Library Company of Burlington through a variety of volunteer events and special activities. Teen volunteers are positive examples for younger patrons and encourage library usage and a love of reading, The motto of the Burlington Bookends is “Keep up the Books!”