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County Library’s Cruz-Perez Branch Honored by “American Libraries”

Included in Library Design Showcase as prime example of collaborative effort

NEWS RELEASE September 9, 2013

Contact: Mark Amorosi, Public Information Officer, 856-772-1636 ext. 7323

[A faux skylight  was a feature the surprised and pleased library officials and the public when the Nilsa Cruz-Perez branch opened in April 2012.(Camden County Photo/Nicholas Henderson)]


[This bank of personal computers is a popular feature at the branch and well used by residents of  Camden and others. (Camden County Photo/Nicholas Henderson]

VOORHEES, NJ – August 28, 2013 – The Camden County Library System is proud to announce that its Nilsa Cruz-Perez Downtown Branch on the Rutgers Camden campus has been included in the Design Showcase issue of “American Libraries” magazine, a national library publication.

The branch library is featured as a prime example of a collaborative effort between the county library system and Rutgers University-Camden.  The 5,000 square-foot Cruz-Perez branch is located in the Paul Robeson Library on the university’s campus, where it provides library services to the residents of Camden.

 “It’s quite an honor to be included in the national showcase feature of one of the most prestigious magazines in the library profession,” says Camden County Library Director Linda Devlin.

“The design effectively converted an area that formerly housed stacks on the lower level of the Robeson Library into a vibrant, active community library that serves as a vital resource to the residents of Camden,” explains Devlin.

The attractive branch features a 20-seat computer classroom, a space dedicated to children’s programming and 22 additional computers for public use while offering the most popular, in- demand current fiction, nonfiction, movies and magazines.

When it opened in April, 2012, Freeholder Ian Leonard predicted the collaborative effort, which the new branch represents, would “become a model for the country.” Leonard serves as the County Board of Freeholders liaison to the county library system.

Leonard worked closely with Rutgers-Camden Chancellor Wendell Pritchett for over a year to make the new branch a reality, and he credits Devlin for “using her expertise to assemble a team that transformed a 5,000 square-foot space into a state-of-the-art library that serves everyone from toddlers to high school and college students, to job seekers and seniors,” says Leonard.

Devlin notes, “The partnership with the university allows our library staff to collaborate with the Rutgers Center for Early Childhood Development and Future Scholars Program to create and offer innovative program activities for the residents of Camden.” She believes the branch’s inclusion in the magazine’s Design Showcase is recognition well deserved.



Established in 1921, Camden County Library System seeks to meet the recreational, informational and educational needs of its customers with locations in Bellmawr, Camden, Gloucester Township, Haddon Township, Merchantville, Winslow Township and Voorhees.   The Library is governed and supported by the Camden County Board of Freeholders and the Camden County Library Commission.





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