About the Library

The Newark Public Library

Facing Washington Park, the historic Newark Public Library traces its beginnings to the Newark Library Association, which was formed in 1847. Forty years later, the people of Newark approved the founding of a Free Public Library. Learn More.

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Our Mission

To provide the people of Newark with opportunities to enrich their lives by connecting them with information resources and ideas that inform, enlighten, encourage, and delight!

Our Vision

The Library is the center of community life where people connect with ideas and with each other.



Newark Public Library
5 Washington Street
P.O. Box 630
Newark, NJ 07101-0630
(973) 733-7784


Board of Trustees

Dr. Timothy J. Crist, President

Ms. Trish Morris-Yamba, Vice President

Dr. Anasa Maat, Secretary

Mr. Jeremy Johnson – Alternate for Ras J. Baraka, Mayor
Mr. De’Shawn Wright – Alternate for Mr. Christopher Cerf, State District Superintendent, Newark Public Schools
Mr. Charles Auffant
Ms. Sandra King
Dr. Rosemary Steinbaum

Library Board of Trustees 2017 Meeting Schedule

Wednesday, January 25, 5:00 pm
Tuesday, March 28, 5:00 pm
Tuesday, May 23, 5:00 pm
Wednesday, July 26, 5:00 pm
Tuesday, September 26, 5:00 pm
Tuesday, November 28, 5:00 pm

All meetings will be held at the Main Library, 5 Washington Street, Newark.



Library Director

Interim Library Director

Thomas Alrutz
(973) 733-7780 or
(973) 733-7758





Nicole Butler
(973) 733-7735
Facilities, Human Resources, and Security
Gerald Fitzhugh
(973) 733-7748
Finance and Information Technology
Joseph Casale
(973) 733-7841
Planning, Expansion, and Government Relations
George Wheatle Williams
(973) 733-5697 or 7793
Public Services
Heidi Cramer
(973) 733-7837