A referendum was placed before the voting population of North Bergen as to whether or not a public library was to be established. YES vote was: 4,761. NO vote was: 1,947. At this time the library was at 79 th Street and Bergenline Avenue. It had a budget of $5,000.00 and 19,900 books to serve a population of 41,000. The librarian Mrs. John A. Cowler, stressed that new facilities were needed; 1.) To fight juvenile delinquency, and 2.) As a cultural center for the town. Her motto was, “Through good books, great men talk to us.”

THE MAIN LIBRARY AND KENNEDY BRANCH WILL BE CLOSED ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2024. THE GUTTENBERG RESOURCE CENTER WILL BE CLOSED ON FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2024.