Haddonfield New Jersey 08033


Haddonfield New Jersey 08033

Haddonfield Public Library

General Information

Location: 60 Haddon Avenue
(at the Juntion of Haddon Ave. and Tanner St.)
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
Regular Hours: Monday – Thursday 10 am – 9 pm
Friday 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday 1 – 5 pm
Summer Hours:
(Effecitve July 1st through Labor Day)
Monday – Thursday 10 am – 9 pm
Friday and Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday – Closed
Library Director:
Susan Briant
Phone: 856-429-1304
Fax: 856-429-3760
Email: contact@haddonfieldlibrary.org

Community Bulletin Board

>> Visit our Community Bulletin Board for the latest Library News and Events including Current Press Releases

The purpose of the Haddonfield Public Library is to serve the people of Haddonfield by providing ready access to information and ideas. Building on a tradition begun in 1803, the Library is a center for lifelong learning, welcoming people of all ages, backgrounds and interests.

The Library’s collections and service are dynamic and designed to meet the information, educational and cultural needs of the community.

What does the library offer?

Books – more than 80,000 for adults, teens and children, including best sellers
DVDs and Videos – hundreds of featured films, how-to and instructional, travel, and other non-fiction and entertainment titles, & a large children’s collection
CDs – thousands of music recordings on CD, including jazz, opera, classical, folk and pop titles
CDs (Spoken Word) – comprises fiction, poetry, non-fiction, both abridged and unabridged, on CD and audiocassette
Downloadable Audiobooks & eBooks – more than 1,000 books available 24/7 from your home, office, or anywhere – via www.haddonfieldlibrary.org
Playaways – Digitized books on MP3 players

Your Library Card

A gateway to information in the library or from home
Use databases from home or anywhere
For information on getting a library card visit www.haddonfieldlibrary.org or the library.
Search the library catalog online to find books and special collections

Polaris, our automated catalog, shows our library holdings, including the availability of items (checked in our out). Set up your account, place a reserve, renew your items or check your reading history – all via www.haddonfieldlibrary.org

Who is eligible for a library card?
Library cards are issued free of charge to Haddonfield residents, students, full time employees, and business owners.

Free-non-resident cards are issued to those who pay taxes to the Borough, and teachers in Haddonfield schools. Visit our website at www.haddonfieldlibrary.org for more information on eligibility.

Library cards to non-residents are available for an annual fee of $75 and $50 for senior citizens.

Electronic Resources

Internet computers – 12 public access computers are connected to the Internet. Other available applications are Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Databases – many subscription databases are available only through the computers at the Library or from remote access (www.haddonfieldlibrary.org).
E-books – books in electronic format are available anywhere.
Computer Classes are taught each month on basic computing, use of library and electronic resources, Internet searching and more. Call 429-1304 or click on (www.haddonfieldlibrary.org) for a schedule available to HPL library card holders only.

Other Services
Children’s Programs – weekly story time programs for toddlers (ages 2-3) and preschool (ages 4-5); special events and a Summer Reading program.

Adult and Teen Programs
visit www.haddonfieldlibrary.org or your local newspaper for more information on these programs.

Reference and Information
a professional librarian is on duty at all times to assist you with finding information. For email reference, send your inquiry to reference@haddonfieldlibrary.org or call 429-1304.

Interlibrary Loan
items that the library does not own may usually be borrowed from our regional, state and national network of libraries.

Special Collections, such as Large Print and Books on CD, to serve populations with disabilities; and Historical Collections, such as Haddonfield House files.

Friends of the Library
Through memberships, the Friends provide special gifts that contribute to the excellence of library service in Haddonfield.

Some of the many gifts given by the Friends include books, audiovisual materials, reference sets, computer equipment and databases, furniture and other equipment.

The Friends also provide the funding for the Children’s Department programming, including the Summer Reading Program.

The Friends of the Library hold an annual book sale, usually in the middle of September. For more information, visit the Friends of the Library website at www.hfol.org.

Membership forms are available at the library or visit www.hfol.org.

A Brief History of Libraries in Haddonfield

On March 5, 1803, leading citizens of the town met and founded the Haddonfield Library Company. This library, one of the first in New Jersey, was a subscription library. Users had to pay an annual fee to join, although non-members could use the Library and borrow books at a nominal fee per book. Though formed “to extend the benefit of learning and to promote a spirit of literacy”, the Library Company seldom purchased novels because Quakers of that era advised against reading such material.

The early years of the Library Company were plagued with financial problems and the Library had no permanent home. It moved often between the Friends School and various locations around town.

In 1887 a new library, the Haddon Athenaeum, was organized. The Athenaeum was also a subscription library; but, unlike the Library Company, it purchased novels. The Athenaeum also had a game room (discontinued because of the noise) and sponsored lectures and education courses. By 1900, although having fewer books (2150 to 2527), the Athenaeum’s circulation was thirteen times higher than that of the Library Company.

In 1908 a merger of the two libraries was proposed. When no agreement was reached, the Athenaeum offered its books and building to the town on the condition that a municipal library be established. The voters overwhelmingly approved this referendum in 1909. The Library Company, although remaining a separate incorporated entity, agreed to place its books in the newly founded public library.

Soon outgrowing the Athenaeum building, in 1917 the Library began construction at its present site. Most of the money for the building, jointly owned by the Library, the Library Company, and the historical Society, was raised by donations. Modeled on Jefferson’s Monticello, the building was not completed until 1919 because of the World War. Usage and the collection grew rapidly. The Historical Society moved to a separate home in 1938. Sunday hours, begun in 1943 (one of the first libraries to do so) proved very popular. In 1958, a major addition was completed.

The card catalog was replaced by an automated system in 1996 and Public Internet access began in 1998.

Visions for the Future

The Haddonfield Borough Commissioners and the Public Library's Board of Trustees have received a report detailing the recommended basic requirements for a modern public library to serve the community's 11,600 residents.

Click Here to read the report: "Library Program (A vision for the future)"


Architectural Study Updates

Report of the Haddonfield Library – Architectural Study Committee Spring 2010
Alternate Library Sites Study- Arcari & Iovino -2010 (PDF)
Haddonfield Chooses Architect for Library Evaluation (PDF)
Project Update - 6/9/09 (PDF)
Existing Library Floor Plan (PDF 120K)
Initial Floor Plan expansion options (PDF 3.9MB)
Project Update - 10/07/09 (PDF)


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