In serving the entire Newark community, the Newark Public Library will be a national model of innovation, collaboration, and service excellence.
The Newark Public Library transforms lives and strengthens communities through innovative services, stimulating programs, and inspiring collections.
Newark Public Library delivers essential services and resources to everyone seeking opportunities to build a better life.
Our dedicated staff bring decades of experience to serving all Newarkers. Their willingness to engage with the community ensures our residents have a voice and that our services and resources are crafted to meet their needs. Their creativity and innovation are phenomenal, and their openness and willingness to experiment allows us to move forward with new programs, events, and activities.
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 about the Library’s architecture and history.
We pledge to set a distinctive standard of excellence in all services for our library’s users, for the City of Newark, and for our staff.
We engage with residents to co-create a happy, productive Newark. We make the library an active, integral community citizen.
We use our different strengths to work together and with partners throughout the city to achieve our mission and to encourage curiosity in Library users.
We shape and transform lives through our programs, services, and collections to fulfill the expectations and dreams of all who use Library resources.
We provide a safe space, where all individuals are free to be themselves.
We welcome people of all ages, abilities, beliefs, classes, colors, ethnicities, genders, gender preferences, and shapes into these libraries. Libraries are for everyone. Everyone belongs here.
We invite and encourage change as Newark communities’ needs evolve.
We are a hub of the community. We use our skills and resources to help all Newarkers.
Dr. Lauren Wells, President
Dr. Anasa Maat, Vice President
Dr. Rosemary Steinbaum, Secretary
Dr. Timothy J. Crist, Treasurer
Ms. Antoinette Richardson (Alternate for Ras J. Baraka, Mayor of Newark)
Ms. Nicole Johnson (Alternate for Roger León, Superintendent of Newark Public Schools)
Mr. Miguel Rodriguez
Mr. Domingo Morel
Interim Director for the Newark Public Library, Thomas Alrutz
(973) 733-7780 or
Interim Assistant Director, Development
|Assistant Director for Special Collections
|Assistant Director for Facilities and Security
George Wheatle Williams
(973) 733-5697 or 7793
|Assistant Director for Human Resources
|Assistant Director for Finance
The Library is a proud partner of the Newark City of Learning Collaborative and the Urban Libraries Council.
Regulations, Policies, and Procedures
Library cards, loan periods, overdue fines
Computers and Internet access
Collection Development Policy
Technology Plan 2013-2016
Internet and Computer Use Policy
Policies on the Americans with Disabilities Act
Policy Governing the Use of the Library
Reference Services Policy
Regulations Governing Public Use of Computers and the Internet
Regulations Governing Public Use of Computers and the Internet (en español)
Statement Concerning Gift Books