A Carnegie Library: History of the Elizabeth Public Library

During the early 20th Century, Industrialist Andrew Carnegie provided funds for the construction of 36 public libraries throughout the State of New Jersey. Of the original six located in Union County, 
The Elizabeth Public Library, which opened in 1912 remains the 
only Carnegie Library Building still in use today.

Historic Buildings of Elizabeth

This exhibit juxtaposes images from the Elizabeth Public Library Local History and Special Collections Department's Historic Buildings Photograph Collection with images of current sites taken by local photographer Leo Osorio. The Historic Buildings Collection was gifted to the library by the Daughters of the American Revolution Boudinot Chapter between 1907 and 1910.

The Hamilton Documents

The Elizabeth Public Library's Hamilton Documents Collection is comprised of two United States Loan Office Transfer Certificates and Warrants dated 1791 and 1792, and a 1794 United States Treasury Bond Certificate. The Hamilton Documents were discovered in the vault of the Elizabeth Public Library during the summer of 1961 by then Library Director, Hazel Elks, while preparations were underway for the celebration of the library's 50th anniversary.

Headlines From The Home Front:
U.S. Enters World War I as Covered in the Elizabeth Daily Journal

This exhibit covers key moments in World War I covered in the Elizabeth Daily Journal in chronological order.