These 34 NJ libraries share $37 million for upgrades

Dozens of libraries across New Jersey are in line to receive another round of funding that was approved by voters four years ago.

Governor Phil Murphy’s office announced the second round of funding for the Library Construction Bond Act on Thursday, which will allocate $37 million of the $125 million approved total for technology updates, building improvements and other library projects.

Murphy’s office said the list of projects for this round of funding (below) has been submitted to the Legislative Assembly and will be signed by Murphy once she reaches his office.

This cycle will support 36 projects in 13 New Jersey counties. Funding amounts for individual libraries range from $64,000 to over $6 million.

The first round of funding, announced in January 2020, allocated $87.5 million to libraries.

“In 2017, when New Jerseyans embraced the Library Construction Bond, no one knew a pandemic was on the horizon, and during the pandemic, we’ve seen how valuable our public libraries are to communities across the whole state,” Jennifer Nelson said. , New Jersey State Librarian. “New and renovated buildings that are supported by the Bond Act will benefit New Jerseyans for years to come with safe, healthy spaces and cutting-edge technology available to everyone. When we improve our libraries, we improve our communities and the lives of residents.

These libraries/projects will receive part of the second round of funding:

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Keith Levit

Atlantic County

  • Atlantic County Library System, Galloway Townshup ($920,661)
  • Atlantic County Library System, Mays Landing ($694,212)
  • Atlantic County Library System, Egg Harbor Township ($549,013.50)
  • Atlantic City Free Public Library ($284,000)

Bergen County

  • Maywood Public Library ($700,088)
  • Maurice M Pine Public Library, Fair Lawn ($500,000)
  • Emerson Public Library ($155,400)
  • Dixon Homestead Library, Dumont ($98,725)
  • North Arlington Public Library ($64,320)

Essex County

  • South Orange Public Library ($6,529,148)
  • Newark Public Library ($1,764,447)
  • Nutley Free Public Library ($284,115.05)
  • Belleville Public Library ($150,000)

Hudson County

  • Union City Public Library ($3,236,586.50)
  • Weehawken Free Public Library ($714,015)

Hunterdon County

  • Frenchtown Public Library ($70,000)

Mercer County

  • Trenton Free Public Library ($302,250)

Middlesex County

  • Edison Township Free Public Library ($1,500,000)
  • Highland Park Public Library ($472,464)
  • South River Public Library ($172,500)

Monmouth County

  • Long Branch Free Public Library ($3,100,000)
  • Tinton Falls Public Library ($217,500)

Morris County

  • Madison Borough Free Public Library ($913,974)
  • Chester Library ($61,681)

ocean county

  • Ocean County Library, Manahawkin ($4,824,000)

Passaic County

  • Borough of Woodland Park Free Public Library ($2,883,577)
  • Clifton Memorial Library ($189,150)

County of Somerset

  • SCLSNJ Bound Brook Memorial Library ($256,040.16)
  • Bernards Township Library ($95,042.50)

Union County

  • Hillside Public Library ($3,996,437.50)
  • Plainfield Public Library ($566,153.50)
  • Elizabeth Public Library ($234,813)
  • Clark Public Library ($228,750)
  • Summit Free Public Library ($183,573)
  • Elizabeth Public Library ($165,750)
  • Elizabeth Public Library ($96,250)

Contact reporter Dino Flammia at [email protected]

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