Friday, June 15th, 2012
This year marks the 90th anniversary of the Morris County Library.
Morris County residents voted in 1921 to establish a county library, and on July 1, 1922, the library opened its doors, operating out of three rooms in the Morris County Courthouse in Morristown.
A published history of the library reports the library opened with a book collection of 1,000 volumes it received from the New Jersey Public Library Commission. 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.
When the library opened 90 years ago, it used a “book truck” to deliver books to 99 “reading stations” that were set up in schools, churches, local libraries, private homes and stores across the county.
In 2011, nearly 262,000 patrons visited the library at 30 East Hanover Avenue in Whippany, while its website, www.mclib.info, received 492,000 “hits.”
“The Morris County Library is a vital community resource, just as it was when it first opened its doors 90 years ago,” said Lynne Olver, library director. “A big difference is today, 90 years later, the library is not just books. Today, we also serve Morris County residents with cultural enrichment programs, music, videos, children’s programs, computer classes, career workshops, public meeting spaces, exhibits and an art gallery.”