Our Library

Uncover your family stories at the Atlantic Heritage Center’s extensive library! Over time, this rich community resource has grown to become the premiere repository of historical and genealogical handwritten, typed, and electronic documents relating to Atlantic County residents, businesses, institutions, and governments. Some original manuscripts date to the late 1600’s. A large vault provides fire protection for documents.

Collections Overview

Thousands of personal and business papers and other documents are preserved, including over 150 manuscript books and 100 family bibles. Deeds, wills, diaries, letters, ship’s logs, account books, school roll books, church and cemetery records, marriage and obituary notices are among the varied resources available to all researchers. There are also local census records – some indexed and others on microfilm. Bound local newspapers cover the periods of 1859-1868 and 1905-1955. Single issues date to the 1700’s.

The library shelves contain well over 6000 volumes. The majority pertain to local and regional historical facts (people and places). There is also a large collection of ephemera (brochures, clippings, etc.) as well as city directories and books on antiques. The postcard and greeting card collection is representative of all eras and features some of the earliest published. There is also an excellent local map collection, which includes the 1872 Beers map. And don’t miss the amazing assortment of historic photographs that will keep you enthralled for hours as you imagine the early days of Southern New Jersey!

Click for a detailed listing of Atlantic Heritage Center Library Collections (in .pdf format).

Research Resources

Our card catalogue includes over 85,000 references to our extensive collection. We also offer public computer access to electronic genealogy files donated to us by members and patrons. The library is open to the public and volunteers are on duty to assist visitors. There is a nominal daily research fee for non-members and we charge a per-page fee for photocopies of original documents. We are a non-circulating library so materials cannot be loaned.

For an hourly fee, volunteers will conduct more in-depth research of library and museum assets. Click to access our Research Query Form (in .pdf format) for more information on research fees and the process for submitting a research request. NOTE: We are unable to answer research requests by e-mail. Please print and complete the Research Query Form and send it to us via US Mail.

Testimonials and Success Stories

Researchers, genealogists, and local history buffs are always pleasantly surprised by the depth and variety of resources found in our library. Each week, we are able to help patrons track down the history of their homes, families, businesses, and numerous other topics related to Atlantic County, New Jersey.

“The wealth of genealogy resources available at the

Atlantic Heritage Center’s library allowed me to quickly

‘connect the dots’ on my Risley family tree!” ……Dawn M. Risley

Do you have a research success story related to the Atlantic Heritage Center that you’d like to share on our website? If so, please send it to us via e-mail and we’ll include your testimonial too!