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Last Day for Camden Main Library

Budget woes force Camden main branch to close its doors



    Last Day for Camden Main Library

    The final day for Camden's main public library was Thursday.

    The Camden Free Public Library system is a victim of the impoverished city's budget crunch.

    The Main Library on Federal Street closed its doors on Thursday. The assets in that facility will become part of the Camden County Library System, along with the newer Ferry Avenue Library, in the Centerville section.

    The Ferry Avenue branch will begin operating under county ownership on Feb. 14.  A smaller library, the Fairview Branch, closed last September.

    The city library system began operating in 1905.

    The Main branch closing leaves the homeless, job-searchers and chess-fanatics without a place to gather for now.

    Rutgers University will provide space for public use at the library on its downtown Camden campus. Details are still being finalized.

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