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50 Years of the Margaret E. Heggan Free Public Library

In 1965 a group of nine civic-minded women known as the Whitman Square Women’s Club felt that there was a need for public library service in this fast-growing community.The first meeting was set up and held on February 10, 1965 at 8 p.m. in the Community Club House; forty people attended this meeting. At this time the needs, objectives, and governing structure of the new association were announced.

The Provident Corporation, developers of Whitman Square, offered the association the use of the “Russian House”, a 24 x 16 foot box-type structure as a temporary library facility. It was moved from Whitman Square to a piece of township owned land on Ganttown Road.The library was officially opened for patrons on March 2, 1966.

50 years later the Margaret E. Heggan Free public library continues to serve its community. Join us as we celebrate the past fifty years and the prospect of many more to come.


The Margaret E. Heggan Free Public Library Then and Now
1966 2015
Population of Washington Township ~10,000 48,559*
Total items in the collection 3,500 107,279
Square footage of building 624 19,600
Staff 25 volunteers 11 full time, 14 part time
Hours open 12 62
Card holders 762 23,687
Items circulated 5,891 255,027
Membership $1.00 Free

*According to the 2010 census.


In the News

“50 years strong, Washington Township celebrates library’s success” by NJ.com’s Caitlin Ware.


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