Libraries are always about the future. This is especially true in Newark, where, for more than 125 years, the Newark Public Library has helped individuals of all backgrounds build their futures and find ways to live out their dreams.
Good libraries have the ability to recognize growing trends before they are fully evident to others. We do that in Newark to the extent we listen to our patrons and understand at a granular level what issues are important in their lives — and then ask ourselves how we can help. In this way, we are always adapting to serve the entire community better.
The purpose of this strategic plan is to spell out for our patrons and ourselves how we imagine the future and what we need to do to reach that future.
This is a time of transformation for the Newark Public Library. We invite you to join us as we aim to create a brighter future for all Newarkers.
Dr. Timothy J. Crist
President, Newark Public Library Board of Trustees
Libraries are often recognized for the quality of the collections or the majesty of the buildings. Truth be told, it is the staff that make libraries great, and that is certainly true of the Newark Public Library.
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. This is especially important at a time when libraries are changing dramatically.
Most of all, they have a great love for the city and its residents. It is quite simply a pleasure to be associated with the staff of Newark Public Library. Sure, we have great collections and wonderful facilities, but our success as a library can be principally attributed to the wonderful staff who work here!”
Library Director, Newark Public Library
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.
The development of this Strategic Plan was made possible with the support of Prudential, a member of the Newark community for over 140 years.
The Strategic Plan was prepared by a joint committee of members of the Board of Trustees and Library staff.
Dale E. Colston
Timothy J. Crist
Over 200 Newark community members provided their ideas and gave generously of their time to attend community meetings and respond to an online survey.
One of Newark Public Library’s greatest strengths is its talented and dedicated staff, who provided thoughtful direction and insight into the Library’s future work.
The strategic planning process was guided by DJA Consulting, under the leadership of DeEtta Jones, Principal and Gary Wasdin, Senior Consultant.