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This program provides classes where students will take Guest Services Gold, a hospitality education and training program developed by the American Hotel & Lodging Institute.

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Digital Repository

Atlantic City History

Digital Repository

For over 115 years, the Atlantic City Free Public Library (ACFPL) has responded to the diverse educational, cultural, and informational needs of the Atlantic City community by providing resources, programs, special collections, and staff expertise. The ACFPL has demonstrated a commitment to advancing the humanities for residents, researchers, and visitors by establishing and maintaining the Atlantic City Heritage Collections (AC Heritage Collections), housed in the Main Library. The mission of the AC Heritage Collections is to collect, preserve and make accessible items documenting Atlantic City’s unique cultural, economic, social, and historical development. The AC Heritage Collections contain more than 2,300 sq. ft. of images of Atlantic City from the 1800s to the present, including some of the earliest existing images of the iconic Boardwalk, beach, and hotels as well as documents, artifacts, audio, and video.

Thanks to grant funding from the National Endowment of the Humanities in 2022 the library was able to create this repository and has committed to maintaining and growing this collection of Atlantic City history.


Atlantic City Heritage Collections Digital Repository

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City of Dreams

Atlantic City History

The City of Dreams Project

The Atlantic City Free Public Library will unveil its new digital repository — highlighting African-American history in the city — Monday, Oct. 17, from 1-3 p.m. at the Stockton University Atlantic City campus in the Fannie Lou Hamer Event Room. Parking will be available in the surface lot located directly behind Stockton’s John F. Scarpa Academic Center.

Those who can't make it in person can watch the event virtually.

The Atlantic City Heritage Collections staff digitized 25 collections as part of the “The City of Dreams: The Atlantic City Experience” project. The library received a grant of $122,957 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to implement the project and create the digital repository.

As part of City of Dreams, the library’s Heritage Collections staff added approximately 12,000 items — including 7,000 documents and 4,800 photographs — to the digital repository. The digital repository also includes collections of videos, audio, scrapbooks and artifacts on an internet platform for unlimited access. It will be available to the public beginning Oct. 17 at the library website and The Atlantic City Experience website.

City of Dreams is the first stage in creating “The Atlantic City Heritage Collections Digital Repository,” providing a new level of online access to the library’s extensive archival collections. This will greatly improve research services for residents, students, teachers, authors, archivists and researchers throughout the world.

Call archivist Jacqueline Silver-Morillo at (609) 345-2269, ext. 3063, or email jmorillo(at), for more information about this project.

The City of Dreams: the Atlantic City Experience project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.

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Atlantic City Library Tennessee Avenue Improvement Project

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Atlantic City Library Tennessee Avenue Improvement Project to begin early in 2022

The library’s William K. Cheatham Building (Main Library) – which opened in 1985 at 1 North Tennessee Ave. – will receive extensive exterior repairs and upgrades in 2022 as part of the Atlantic City Free Public Library Tennessee Avenue Improvement Project.

The library has received grant funding from the first round of the New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act (ASSEMBLY, No. 222; STATE OF NEW JERSEY; 217th LEGISLATURE), which will fund 50 percent of the project cost. The library is required to provide matching funds, bringing the total project cost to $448,500. The library Board of Trustees has entered into contract with R Maxwell Construction Company of Pleasantville to perform the repairs and upgrades after going out to bid in October 2021. An initial planning meeting involving the Iovino + Acari Architects, R Maxwell Construction and library staff will be held in early January 2022. The construction phase is scheduled to begin in June 2022. The Atlantic City Free Public Library Tennessee Avenue Improvement Project includes: cleaning the exterior limestone façade, demolition and replacement of the concrete stairs and sidewalk, improved lighting, signage and railings, remodeling of the public bathrooms and new exterior doors. This project is part of the Library’s Strategic Plan to update the Main Library facility to ensure the continued provision of critically needed training, educational and informational services to the Atlantic City community. This project is supported by funds from the New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act, administered by the New Jersey State Library.

UPDATE: Nov. 7, 2022 Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 9, those who wish to enter the William K. Cheatham Building (Main Library) will need to enter through the doors on the Tennessee Avenue side of the building. The fencing that was put up in June 2022 to allow for construction work on the outside of the building is scheduled to be removed Tuesday, Nov. 8. The upgraded exterior work that has been performed includes making improvements to the steps, ramps, railings and lighting, a new library book drop and the cleaning of the facade.



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