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Rutgers Library in Camden Makes Room For A Public Library Branch Within

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) – Camden has a new library opening this fall on the campus of Rutgers University, thanks to a unique partnership.

It’s being called an “innovative social model” — the partnership of a city, a county library system, and a university to create a new county library branch on the campus of Rutgers University.

The new library branch will occupy a portion of the lower level of the Paul Robeson Library (above), and will have its own entrance for the public.

“I live here in the community, next to Rutgers,” says Camden County freeholder Ian Leonard, “and I thought that if I could get a buy-in from Rutgers to do that, we could create a model like no other.  And I think that this was the appropriate day to present this to the community.”

The new branch, still unnamed, will open sometime in the fall.

Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • Rob Rutgers

    I am certainly a supporter of social programs that increase education in our cities….but, I am also a tuition-paying Rutgers student, that happens to sit and study in the exact location of the above picture. That happens to be the only quiet area on campus, let alone the library. I am sure that this public library will become a place for internet surfing, facebook browsing, and myspace music listening, like all of the rest of our public libraries here in Camden county. Our campus (students of Rutgers-Camden) is not for experimental library programs. This is a bad idea.

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