Bergen County Historical Society Library, Hackensack, New Jersey
By Lucille Bertram, MLIS
This series highlights local repositories and underutilized resources that may be of interest to Bergen County genealogists. If you have a repository or library you would like to see included in this series, please send your suggestions to the Editor of The Archivist.
A document in the BCHS collection — a 1790 letter from Bergen County slave owner, James Jay, to a slave named Claus which promises continued good treatment or to be sold into another household. [BCHS]
The BCHS Library publications collection in its new home
In November 2014, after several years in storage, the Bergen County Historical Society (BCHS) Library re-opened at its new location in Room 124 at Bergen Community College in Hackensack. The library is a must see for anyone with an interest in genealogy and is a great source for information about local history — a topic that goes hand-in-hand with your family’s history.
The mission of the BCHS is to collect and preserve data, papers and documents of genealogical, biographical, and topographical information having historical significance to the civil, political, military, and general history of Bergen County and its adjoining areas.
The BCHS began building their library collection more than 100 years ago. Once housed in the Hackensack Public Library, and later in Felician College, the BCHS Library has grown to be one of the most important collections of Bergen County materials, anywhere.
What are the must-see resources for genealogists?
What are the hours, fees, and other information?
- The BCHS Library is located at:
Bergen Community College
Philip Ciarco, Jr. Learning Center, Room 124
355 Main Street, Hackensack NJ
- Use of the BCHS Library is free and open to all.
- The Library is currently open two days a week, Wednesdays 12–5pm and Thursdays 10am–3pm. (Additional hours may be added in the near future.) The BCHS Library’s collection is also available by appointment to researchers by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The staff of the BCHS Library will provide help to all who visit.
- Email and letter queries from members of the BCHS are answered for free. We charge $10 per e-mail or letter query from non-members.
- There is a small charge for photocopies.
- The building and the BCHS Library are handicapped accessible. Handicapped parking is available in the large lot behind the Philip A. Ciarco building.
- Metered parking is available on the street.
- There is a food area with tables and chairs in the lobby of the Ciarco building with vending machines for snacks and drinks. No food or drinks are allowed in the BCHS Library.
How can someone contact a research specialist?
The exterior of the Philip Ciarco, Jr. Learning Center at Bergen Community College
For additional questions or research queries (see possible BCHS non-member applicable research fees, above) send an e-mail to: email@example.com
View more information about the collection, and membership, at: www.bergencountyhistory.org