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About Beach Haven Public Library

The Beach Haven Public Library is a cultural gem on Long Beach Island, New Jersey. Established in the late 19th century, the library has a rich history that spans over a century. Today, the library is a prime architectural treasure and a direct link to the town’s colorful past.

Located on a corner lot at Third Street and Beach Avenue, the library was built in 1924 as a gift from Elizabeth Pharo, the widow of Walter Pharo, a man who donated the old Quaker Meeting House to the town. Designed by renowned architect R. Brognard Okie, the library was modeled after a Pennsylvania farmhouse, but constructed entirely of brick and steel. With features such as three working fireplaces, a vaulted ceiling, and an interior balcony, the library is a stunning example of early 20th-century architecture.

The library’s collection has grown over the years and includes a wide range of materials for all ages and interests. From popular fiction and non-fiction to a children’s room with books, toys, and activities, the library has something for everyone.

Mission Statement

The Beach Haven Public Library’s primary purpose is to provide free and open access to information and resources in a welcoming environment.
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Library Board Meeting Schedule for 2023

Starting in September 2023, monthly open public Library Board Meetings will be held the second Tuesday of each month at 3:30 pm
in the Library’s first floor Community Room, unless the date is noted as otherwise below. The reorganization meeting is held in January, at which time officers are elected and
the schedules are set.

January 3May 2September 12
February 7June 6October 10
March 7July 11November 7
April 4August 1December 12

If you plan to attend, please contact the library at (609) 492-7081

Library Staff Members

Jane DeHaven

Library Director

Marsia Mason

Assistant Director

Eileen Mitchell

Principal Library Assistant

Library Board Members

Kathy Kelly


Tina Hughes Kelsall

Vice President

Kitty Snyder

Designee for Beach Haven Mayor

Ted Loeffler

Superintendent - Beach Haven Board of Education


The Beach Haven Public Library has two Community Rooms available for meetings of an
educational, cultural, or civic nature.