The Avalon Public Library was founded with the aim of serving everyone equally in its small suburban community through its lending services and access to information.
The library was first opened in 1946, in a small basement room of the Avalon Elementary School. It was originally spearheaded by Dr. Joseph Baldridge, a local dentist, who worked with the Avalon Women's Club to found the library. The library's collection was originally only a small number of children's books. In 1970, the library moved into the basement of the Borough building at 640 California Avenue.
Its current home is a former church designed by prominent architect Daniel Franus and retains many of the church's architectural elements, such as its columns, vestibule, and raised altar area (which now contains the children's area and library offices).
Monday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Noon to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, Noon to 8:30 p.m.
Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Free, on-site parking is available.