The Orange Public Library is a magnificent structure built in the Beaux-Art and Classical Revival styles, complete with Ionic and Doric columns and richly ornamented architectural details. Mckim, Mead, and White designed the original library building in 1900. It was recorded as a National Historic Landmark in 1981. Orange has a rich library tradition dating back to 1883. From the Library's beginning it was an association library, supported by dues, endowments, and donations. In 1945, the citizens of Orange voted by referendum to financially support a "free public library", and took over the operation of the building as a publicly owned and municipally operated facility.
Our library today has a collection of over 72,000 holdings and has been serving the residents of Orange for over 120 years. The Orange Public Library, respectful of its heritage and the beautiful structure provided in 1901, has continued to grow and to adapt itself to changing times. Its staff, Boards of Trustees, and especially its patrons, eagerly anticipate its second century of service to the City of Orange.
The Orange Public Library Board of Trustees is comprised of seven (7) members. These members are residents of the community, appointed by the Mayor, and serve up to five (5) years per term.
Meetings are scheduled for the second Thursday of each month and all meetings are open to the public. Approved meeting dates and times are posted throughout the Library and annually in the Record Transcript. Anyone interested in serving on the Board of Trustees should contact the Mayor of Orange Township.
To obtain an Orange Public Library card please bring a valid form of photo identification and proof of your current Orange residency (e.g. mortgage statement, lease, or utility bill). For children, please bring a copy of their birth certificate, school ID card, or report card in addition to their parent or guardian's valid photo ID and proof of residency. Library cards are issued on site by our staff. Accepted forms of photo identification include: valid driver's license, passport, or state issued identification.
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