About Us

Our Vision

 The Paterson Free Public Library will become the knowledge and information sanctuary for the whole community; the community’s living room, with resources, programs and facilities that meet the needs of all who live, work and learn in Paterson.

 Our Mission

 The Paterson Free Public Library, New Jersey’s first public library, opens doors to ideas, discovery, knowledge and experiences to help people realize their dreams.

To fulfill this promise, the Paterson Free Public Library will:

  • Provide friendly and knowledgeable service;
  • Provide facilities that foster community pride and identity;
  • Meet the technology needs of our community;
  • Collaborate and form partnerships with other community organizations; and,
  • Support the educational, intellectual, cultural and informational needs of Paterson and Passaic County.