Heart of the Town: How the 2002 Bond Act Helped Reinvent the Cherry Hill Public Library

Cherry Hill Public Library

In 2002, the last New Jersey statewide bond referendum allowed the Cherry Hill community to break ground on a new library building.

Due to the growing needs of the town, the new library came with infrastructure for a growing technological world, meeting space for community organizations, and an entire floor dedicated to children’s materials, activities and events.

The growing needs that led Cherry Hill to need new library:

  • Cherry Hill population over 70,000
  • Municipal supported programs
  • More online and computer access
  • Larger meeting rooms
  • More community-based programs
  • Growing Business Requests
  • Expanding Diverse Culture

Timeline:

  • 1967 Original library built
  • 2000 Planner recommends new, state-of- the-art facility
  • 2001 State grant approved
  • Architect plans developed
  • Property purchased
  • 2002 Bonds issued
  • Groundbreaking
  • 2004 New CHPL Opens

“The opening of the new library helped pave the way for the library to be at the forefront of the community a decade later. “- Mike Monostra, Cherry Hill Sun, 10/15/2015

“As much as the new building helped the library transform over the last 10 years, Laverne Mann, Director, said it would not be able to progress if it weren’t for the help of the community, Friends of the Library, programming, and the staff.”

As noted in a 2004 community announcement, “The Cherry Hill Public Library is a 72,000 square foot beautifully designed, facility featuring 100 public access computers with state of the art meeting rooms including video conferencing, multimedia and Wi-Fi technology. The Library is home to over 144,000 book volumes, 7,000 videos and 30,000 reference materials. Our website also includes access to downloadable audio and e-books with many community resource links.”

In addition to the above features, the new Cherry Hill Public Library opened in 2004 with:

  • A café with outdoor patio
  • an art gallery
  • fireplaces

    Self Checkout Desk at Cherry Hill Public Library

  • Friends Gift Shop
  • 200 Parking Spaces
  • Children’s & Young Adult Areas
  • Multicultural & History Rooms
  • 165 Computers, Free Wi-Fi
  • Improved Library Search Capabilities
  • Self Check-Out System
  • Expanded Video, CD and DVD Collection
  • Digital Archiving

Today, the Cherry Hill Public Library is a popular and thriving community destination. The building’s three floors house the latest library resources, such as books, reference materials, technology, events, classes and more. An expanded children’s department, complete with computers, an interactive play area for our littlest patrons, and a separate story and craft room, delight children of all ages and offers them a welcoming environment to learn and play. The Cherry Hill Public Library is proud to be the Heart of Town. The NJ Library Construction Bond Act of 2002 made this project possible and is proof that libraries build communities.

Laverne Mann, Director
Cherry Hill Public Library

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