Camden to open downtown library branch at Rutgers this fall

Wednesday, Rutgers-Camden announced a partnership with the city, that’s being called “innovative”–letting the county library system set-up a space for Camden residents on campus.Rutgers will move books elsewhere to make room for a new downtown branch of the Camden County Library.  The space will fill the void left when earlier this year the city closed its downtown library because of tight finances. Camden County Library Commission President Susan Bass Levin said this library is not just about Camden, “It is about the county.  It is about southern New Jersey, it is frankly about the future of our country,” said Bass Levin.  “Because that child who gets a library card, that child who learns to read, may well discover the cure for cancer, that child may be the teacher of your grandchild or child, and that adult who never learned to read before and comes here and has the world opened to them, will have opportunities.”The new library is scheduled to open this fall.  Right now, the only city branch open is in South Camden, near the border with Woodlynne.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.