Five Corners Branch Free Public LIbrary

678 Newark Ave.
Jersey City
NJ 07307

Five Corners Branch Free Public LIbrary

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Now one of the regional branch libraries within the Jersey City Free Public Library system, the Five Corners Branch has been in existence since 1924. Dedicated on June 17th, the Five Corners Branch initially served the neighborhood in the rented space of a two-family house at 558 Summit Avenue. By the early 1960s, the need for a modern building to serve the area's burgeoning population surfaced. The current building was erected at 678 Newark Avenue, replacing the old Five Corners and Palisade Avenue branches. The latter branch, instituted in 1932 at 115 Palisade Avenue, was a storefront library across the street from Christ Hospital.

According to the Library's history in Fifty Years of Service 1891-1941 , written by Librarian Edmund W. Miller, then-president of the Board of Trustees, "Several small branches in other parts of the City had been planned but any further extension of the branches had to be abandoned because of the depression." The Bergen Branch later was rededicated on December 9, 1954 when renamed in honor of Miller.

At its dedication on June 10, 1962, the Five Corners Branch Library opened with fanfare, heralding a new era for cultural and arts presentations. Nicknamed the Fine Arts Library, Five Corners hosted the Fine Arts Collection on the Mezzanine and the Art and Music Reference Collection, where lending of "phonograph records, filmstrips, educational films and framed prints" occurred, with "record players for listening," highlighting the technology of the day.

Today, the Mezzanine houses Media Arts, which is a collection of foreign films, educational materials, modern video (VHS & DVDs) and audio recordings (CDs). The Chaplain Major Charles Watters Vietnam Veterans Memorial Media Arts Center , located on the Mezzanine, was dedicated on November 19, 1987, the 20 th anniversary of his death.

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