Who We Are & What We Do

If you search “Pop Up Library” on the Internet, the results will vary tremendously. Click here to learn what a Pop Up Library (PUL) is and read about the Pop Up Library Movement, a movement we know can change our communities and the lives of its members with your help!

All PULs are different and have varying philosophies and policies. Some are “take one, leave one;” others encourage a recurring exchange (similar to actual libraries without the required collateral); but Camden County Pop Up Library (CCPUL) is different!

CCPUL is an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. You don’t need a library card, you don’t need to pay, we bring books where libraries don’t go and give them away! All of the books in our inventory are donated from individuals, fellow nonprofits, and large organizations. Contributions range from single books to hundreds at a time and all are appreciated and make a difference! See our Donate page to learn more about making a donation and making a difference.

Our PULs are run by volunteers that act as “book foot soldiers” and take on the role of Pop Up Librarian. The more CCPUL Librarians, the more libraries pop up, the more books CCPUL can put into the hands of the eager readers in our area! We are a grassroots organization and allow Pop Up Librarians to be the “boss” of their own PUL. Go to our Pop Up Librarians page to learn more about becoming a CCPUL Librarian!

Camden County Pop Up Library (CCPUL) distributes books of various genres and lengths for children, teens, and adults. To name a few:

Nonfiction—dictionaries and thesauruses, biographies and autobiographies, religious and spiritual works (e.g. bibles and prayerbooks or books promoting mindfulness), self-help guides, history, politics, and science books, cookbooks, how-to guides, conspiracies, activity books for both adults and children, and more.

Fiction—thriller/mystery novels, science fiction, drama, action, and adventure books, plays, trilogies and other series, poetry, novellas, tragedies, comedy, horror fiction, literary realism, romance, graphic novels, manga, Wicca, queer fiction, urban fiction, children’s board books, and more.

CCPUL serves all of Camden County and parts of Gloucester County. We pop up regularly at:

  • CVS on the second Sunday of every month from 1 to 2 p.m.
    • 525 Mickle Boulevard, Camden NJ 08103
  • Volunteers of America (VOA) Homeless Shelter on the fourth Sunday of every month from 1 to 2 p.m.
    • 271 Atlantic Avenue, Camden NJ 08104
  • The Cathedral Kitchen on the fourth Thursday of every month from 4 to 5 p.m.
    • 1514 Federal Street, Camden NJ 08105
  • Virtua Hospital Farmers Market every Wednesday from April to September from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • 1000 Atlantic Avenue, Camden NJ 08104
  • The Neighborhood Center on the second Thursday of every month from 3 to 6 p.m.
    • 278 Kaigns Avenue, Camden NJ 08103

We’ve also popped up at Urban Promise Academy, Pennsauken Elementary School, Yorkship Elementary School, The Firehouse Art Gallery in Camden, New VisionsSt. Joseph’s HouseInterfaith Homeless Outreach Council (IHOC), and more.