Featured Database: Black Freedom Struggle

With the belief that knowledge and trusted information can help guide progress and change, ProQuest Technology Company is providing free access to explore the new Black Freedom Struggle website. Visitors of all ages can find historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom:

  • Resistance to Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement (1790-1860)
  • The Civil War and the Reconstruction Era (1861-1877)
  • Jim Crow Era from 1878 to the Great Depression (1878-1932)
  • The New Deal and World War II (1933-1945)
  • The Civil Rights and Black Power Movements (1946-1975)
  • The Contemporary Era (1976-2000)

By centering on the experiences and perspectives of African Americans, ProQuest hopes the Black Freedom Struggle website imbues the study of Black history with a deeper understanding of the humanity of people who have pursued the fight for civil rights, and the significance of movements like Black Lives Matter. This resource is appropriate for educators, students, and independent researchers of all ages to learn or help teach the role of the past in the present, and to prepare for the challenges of tomorrow. 

Library Services Update

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all try to navigate safely through these difficult times.

Your ACLS card still gives you 24/7 free access to online resources. Use your phone, mobile device or laptop to access these services from the comfort and safety of your home at atlanticlibrary.org/digital_media and atlanticlibrary.org/databases.

ACLS Welcomes Absecon Library

On October 1, 2021, the Absecon Library joined the Atlantic County Library System (ACLS) as its tenth branch.

The Absecon Library, located at 305 New Jersey Avenue, will provide improved technology and resources with the addition of new computers, scanners, public copiers, printers and a fax machine.

Absecon Library card holders may visit any ACLS branch to obtain a new ACLS card and access to all ACLS services, including the complete collection of physical materials, eBooks and eAudiobooks, as well as online databases and digital media.

The Absecon Library card number will continue to provide access to Overdrive, South Jersey Audiobook and eBook Download Center through the end of 2021, but the sooner patrons upgrade to an ACLS card, the sooner they will enjoy access to a larger selection of titles and eMagazines.

The Absecon Branch hours will be 9:30 AM to 5 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and 12 noon to 8 PM on Tuesday and Thursday.

The county library system card is an all-access pass to any of its 10 branch locations.

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