Glenn D. Cunningham Branch
275 Martin Luther King Dr.
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Phone: (201) 547 - 4555
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Branch Manager: Kenny Uko
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The Glenn D. Cunningham Branch Library and Community Center was the first new branch library constructed in Jersey City since 1962. It opened to the public on August 18, 2004, replacing and upgrading the Claremont Branch Library, which had been located in a storefront one block north at 291 Martin Luther King Drive. The Grand Opening took place on August 17, 2004.
Library Director Priscilla Gardner, who served as project manager on the Cunningham Library’s construction, takes pride in providing 21st-century library services and programs to the residents of this neighborhood, and in providing a community meeting space for the many organizations working in the M.L. King Redevelopment Area.
The Cunningham Branch is a 5,200-square-foot facility, featuring a community room, outdoor shaded reading area, and children’s paving stone maze.
Since its grand opening, Mary Quinn, MLS, head of the Cunningham Branch, has worked diligently to build the collection beyond its original holdings from the much smaller Neighborhood storefront, the Claremont Branch. This Regional branch now provides a wide variety of picture books for children, fiction and non-fiction for young adults, as well as significant collections of books on Abraham Lincoln and the U.S. Civil War, in commemoration of the 200th birthday of our nation’s 16th president and the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. Books in the Reference area have received a much-needed augmentation as well, including new Library materials on African-American history, as well as test preparation materials, such as the SAT, GRE, and Civil Service Exam.
The new Glenn D. Cunningham Library was made possible by $1,740,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding, and by $500,000 granted from the City Council’s Reinvestment Account during the administration of former Mayor Bret Schundler. The Library Board of Trustees developed this project in cooperation with the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency, then-Board President Ervin L. Haynes, and then-Assistant Director Priscilla Gardner. The Cunningham Branch’s architect was Helena Ruman, A.I.A.