BAYONNE, NJ - The Bayonne Public Library is being targeted for a major upgrade with the help of a $2 million NJ Library Construction Bond grant.

According to City Law Director Jay Coffey, under the plan the city would use a combination of municipal bonds and library funds to cover $1 million of the total $3 million project.

Andrew Carnegie donated $50,000 for the construction of the library building in 1903, then another $30,000 for its expansion in 1913. Another expansion was done in 1930 at the cost of $300,000.

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A fire gutted the library in 1959 doing extensive damage. Restoration cost $1.25 million.

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