Library System: Records, 1958-2013

RECORD GROUP: Other County Records
SERIES: Library System: Records
DATES: 1958-2013
VOLUME: 3 cubic feet

Library truck

This records series contains administrative records of the Monmouth County Library that are useful for research on the history of the library.
The Monmouth County Library was created by the Board of Chosen Freeholders in 1922. In those early years, it was housed in one small building, but maintained several bookmobile routes to several communities. Over time, many of these stops became either branches or member libraries. As of 2018, there are thirteen branches and fourteen member libraries in the system. The Monmouth County Library System is governed by the Monmouth County Library Commission, appointed by the Board of Chosen Freeholders. See the chronology of the Library that accompanies this guide for additional historical information.
The Monmouth County Library System: Records series includes administrative records, catalogs, floor plans, departmental memos, historical materials, news releases and more. Also included are Monmouth County Library Commission minutes and reports. The list of subjects and type of files are detailed in the shelf list that accompanies this guide.

The series provides a substantial amount of information pertaining to the development and use of the Monmouth County Library over several decades, including public programs, the many branches and member libraries, increasing technological services, and the Bookmobile which became the basis of the Extension Service.

The records are unrestricted. See the shelf list below for box inventory.
The Library Records are arranged in five boxes. The original accession in 2007 was contained in Boxes 1-3, with photographs and other similar material in Box 3. That box is stored in the Archives’ vault, and has its own folder numbering. With the addition of records from the Government Documents Repository, Monmouth County Library – Eastern Branch, in 2014, files were shifted to make room and two boxes were added. Documents are now found in Boxes 1-2, and 4-5. A folder list can be found at the end of this guide, with the contents of Box 3 at the end.
The files are available upon request in the Archives.
Monmouth County Archives
125 Symmes Drive
Manalapan, NJ 07726
Phone: (732) 308-3771
Records were transferred to the Archives by Margaret Field, Librarian (retired), in January 2007 (Accession #2007-01), with the approval of Library Director Kenneth Sheinbaum. The transfer also included the Asbury Park Press Newspaper Clippings Collection, which is described separately in Special Collections.

In January 2014, librarian Beth Miller, at the Eastern Branch, transferred 19 boxes of documents from the Government Documents Repository, comprised of various county and state departments. Of these, two boxes of Library documents – primarily news releases – were separated and added to the Library records in 2018.

In June 2014, Elsalyn Palmisano loaned the Archives a folder of documents on the library’s history, including several pertaining to the dedication of the new headquarters in Manalapan dedicated on April 5, 1987, and photocopies of selected items were added to the second Historical Materials folder, Box 2, Folder 39.

This finding aid was prepared by Kevin Revoir, June 18, 2007; updated by Gary D. Saretzky, June 6, 2014; and updated by Mary Hussey, January 2018.
The Monmouth County Archives also holds approximately 500 articles about the County Library, 1970-1987, in the Red Bank Register Newspaper Clippings Collection: Monmouth County Government Series, in chronological order. See also Monmouth County Library Newsletters.
Monmouth Library: Chronology, 1922-2006
1922 Resolution for County Free Libraries passed by Board of Chosen Freeholders
1923 Monmouth County Library operations began in basement of Court House (present Hall of Records)
1924 110 active book stations
1925 11,710 borrowers were registered
1938 Library moves to 69 West Main Street, Freehold
1939 Library began direct bookmobile service
1940 Library moved to 80 Broad Street in Freehold occupying the downstairs of the building
1941 Bookmobile service discontinued due to wartime shortage of gas and manpower
1946 Bookmobile returned to service when driver John Taylor returned from army.
1953 Bookmobile service became available at night once a week
1955 Special children’s section added
1957 Library took over the entire house at 80 Broad Street, Freehold
1959 Large bookmobile was purchased and used for member library visits for direct service
1961 Friends of the Monmouth County Library Association formed; bookmobile services increases to visit each stop twice a month
1962 Beginning of Branch System when township of Ocean Library Committee received $50,000 grant from state to build a library building
1963 Plans began for a large reference facility; a second bookmobile was purchased and service increased to 51 stops twice a month
1964 Monmouth County Library was designated an Area Library
1965 Board of Chosen Freeholders announced plans for two separate main libraries within 2 years at a cost of $1,000,000; Allentown became a branch; bookmobiles, extension collection, art department, processing and technical services moved to 41 Marcy Street, Freehold
1966 New Ocean Township library opened-600 patrons registered on first day
1967 Groundbreaking for Eastern Branch took place; Oceanport became a branch
1968 Marlboro became a branch
1969 Wall Township became a branch
1970 New Jersey State Library micro-automated catalog installed
1971 Headquarters moved to 25 Broad Street, Freehold; Hazlet and Holmdel became branches
1972 Sunday programming began at Eastern Branch with jazz and classical concerts
1974 Film department became a regional film center for Monmouth, Ocean, Mercer and Middlesex Counties; Howell became eighth branch
1976 Renee Swartz appointed member of state library advisory council; 81 twice-a-month bookmobile stops; Manalapan joined as ninth branch
1979 Renee Swartz became a delegate to White House Conference on Libraries and Information Services
1980 Computer terminal for reference searches installed; cassette players and tapes for blind and electronic information transfer for the deaf made available
1981 Manalapan Township presented county with 18 acre site on Symmes Drive for Headquarters
1982 Colts Neck became tenth branch
1983 Manalapan moved to new location
1984 Groundbreaking for Headquarters on Symmes Drive in Manalapan
1985 Bar-coding began, including 900,000 volumes, video and audio cassettes
1987 Headquarters moved to new building
1988 Groundbreaking for 10,000 square foot building at Eastern Branch; New building for Wall Township underway
1991 Chinese language collection began
1993 Requisition department filed 118,437 requests; job and career information center opened at Eastern Branch
1994 Wall and Howell opened new buildings; Marlboro and Allentown expanded
1996 Connection to internet and full text periodicals completed at all branch and member libraries; annual archives and history day event launched on October 12 at Headquarters
1997 Monmouth County Library designated by New Jersey State as a hub library for county; Construction for addition began on Headquarters; Monmouth County Library homepage on the world wide web posted
1998 Eastern Branch chosen as best public library in Ocean and Monmouth counties; Headquarters expansion completed; 4,298 children joined Vacation Reading Club
1999 New library built in Colts Neck
2000 SIRSI automated catalog system installed
2002 Online Renewal System introduced; member store in extension implemented; Eastern Branch again selected as best public library in Monmouth and Ocean counties
2003 More than 3 million items circulated for first time at Headquarters and 10 branches
2004 Groundbreaking for major expansion at Eastern Branch; Library introduced online book clubs that deliver book chapters to patrons via email; Teen Advisory Board established at Headquarters
2006 New Jersey History Room at Headquarters renamed the Ted Narozanick Room, after the retiring Freeholder
Monmouth County Library Papers: Shelf List

 Box  Folder #  Title  Dates
 1  1 Monmouth County Library Commission: Minutes 1967
 2-12 :Meetings 1967-1977
13 :General 1966-1989
14 Monmouth County Library: Annual Report 1999, 2002
15-27 Department Report 1965, 1967-1971, 1973-1979
28 Monmouth County Library: Catalog 1967
29 Department Head Meetings 1985
30 Financial Reports 1968-1976
31 Registration Breakdown/Circulation 1968-1972
32 Bookmobile 1960-1991
33 Censorship and Controversial Books 1975-1999
34 Monmouth County Library: Directory 1980
35 Floor Plans Branches 1965-1988
36 Freehold Building 1969-1976
37 Monmouth County Library: General 1968-1993
38-39 Historical Materials 1958-1987
2 40 Manalapan Building 1974-1983
41 Monmouth County Library: Memoranda 1967-1968
42 :Policies and Procedures 1965-1978
43 :Staff and Business Related Articles 1977-1999
44 :Survey 1985
45 Headquarters/Manalapan 1986, June-1988, Oct.
46 1989, Feb.-2001, Apr.
Libraries in Towns
47 Allentown 1980, Dec. 11-2001, Mar. 22
48 Asbury Park 1966, Nov. 10-1999, Apr. 30
49 Belmar 1972, May 10-2000, Jan. 19
50 Brielle 1989, Oct. 25-2002, Aug. 31
51 Colts Neck 1973, Aug. 31-2001, Apr. 13
52 Eatontown 1977, May 11-1977, Nov. 6
53 Fair Haven 1977, Jan. 31
54 Farmingdale 1990, Aug. 23
55 Freehold 1968, Jan. 16-2000, Oct. 20
56 Hazlet 1963, Sept. 5-2002, Dec. 6
57 Holmdel 1962-2002, Dec. 28
58 Howell 1983, Nov. 2-1990, Dec. 28
59 Interlaken 1972, Oct. 15
60 Keansburg 1989, Nov. 17-2003, Aug. 5
61 Keyport 1972, Jan. 30-1977, Jan. 9
62 Little Silver 1968, Feb. 1971, Apr. 14
63 Long Branch 1970, Dec. 7-1983, May 27
64 Manalapan (Western Branch) 1968, Aug. 29-2003, Sept. 10
65 Manasquan 1993, Nov. 11-2002, Jan. 17
66 Marlboro 1986, Apr. 9-2000, July 19
67 Matawan 1965, June 10-1979, Oct. 16
68 Middletown 1971, Feb. 7-1996, Nov. 6
69 Millstone 1999, Nov.-2002, June 27
70 Monmouth Beach 1992, Mar. 25-1995, Nov. 6
71 Neptune 1988, July 17-2000, June 17
72 Oceanport 1969-2001, Apr.
73 Ocean Township 1973, Oct. 31-2003, Oct. 7
74 Red Bank 1970, Jan. 30-1979, Oct. 19
75 Roosevelt 1968, May 23-2000, Oct. 5
76 Rumson-Oceanic 1968, Jan. 16-2001, Sept. 19
77 Sea Bright 1975, Nov. 28-2000, Oct. 11
78 Sea Girt 1972, Feb. 24-2000
79-81 Shrewsbury (Eastern Branch) 1967, Nov. 24-2002, June 18
82 Spring Lake & Spring Lake Heights 1996, Juen 21-1998, May 14
83 Tinton Falls 1976, Dec. 5-2001, June 16
84 Union Beach 1971, June 4-2001, July 13
85 Wall 1969, Mar. 26-2001, Aug. 2
86 West Long Branch 1970, Oct. 28-2001, Feb. 21
Other Records
87 Libraries (non-specific), various subjects 1973, May 9-2003, Jan. 6
88 Copies of clippings in album 1964, Apr. 16-1965, Oct. 20
89 Friends of Monmouth County Library Association 1964, May 15-1976, Oct. 20
90 Ocean County libraries 1985, Mar. 2003, Feb. 22
Photographs (stored in vault)
1 Photo Album 1973-1974
2 Photo Album 1975
3 Monmouth County Library Week Album 1976, Jan.
4 Photo Album 1976, Mar.-1976, July
5 Photo Album 1976, July-1976, Dec.
6 Manalapan Construction Photo Album 1984-1987
7 Binder of Negatives
8 Photographs/Negatives