Thursday, July 12th, 2012

The Morris County Library was honored recently on the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington when Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen congratulated the library on the occasion of its 90th anniversary.
Frelinghuysen traced the library’s history and growth for his congressional colleagues, from the day the library opened on July 1, 1922, operating out of three rooms in the Morris County Courthouse in Morristown to today’s beautiful facility at 30 E. Hanover Avenue in Whippany that served nearly 262,000 patrons last year.
He also told House members that the county library played a significant role in our nation’s defense during WW II by becoming a federal depository for government publications.
Today, the county library’s collection includes 247,343 books, 15,885 music CDs and audio tapes, 13,371 movies, 5,986 audio books and 4,753 original vinyl LPs.
Frelinghuysen served as a Morris County Freeholder from 1974 to 1983 and witnessed first-hand one of the library’s growth periods.

He told the members of the House that the library’s staff deserves credit for maintaining the library as a vital community resource for 90 years.

“The staff of the Morris County Library, through their dedicated hard work, has made the library a vibrant source of pride and activity for the local community,” said Frelinghuysen, whose remarks were entered into the Congressional Record.
A history of the Morris County Library is now on display at the library, which is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.  The library is closed Sunday during the summer.