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.
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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