Ocean County Library’s application to secure funds for a new branch library in Stafford Township recently was approved providing $4.8 million toward the building project.

“Our county library staff in concert with the administration worked tirelessly to make certain our funding application would gain the state support needed to be approved,” said Ocean County Commissioner Joseph H. Vicari in a press release. “We join with the Library staff and Library Commission in expressing our appreciation to the state Legislature and the Governor in signing the legislation that will provide this grant.

“This will allow us to construct a new state-of-the-art library facility in Stafford Township providing our residents with a larger facility that supports the area’s population growth,” Vicari said.

The Ocean County Library was selected to receive a $4.8 million grant which allocates $37 million to 36 library projects from 13 counties across New Jersey. The grant is part of the second and final round of funding from the state’s $125 million Library Construction Bond Act.

A date has not been determined, however, Vicari expects construction to get underway later this year.

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