About the Library 

The Jersey City Free Public Library is the largest municipal library in the State of New Jersey, serving one of the most diverse cities in the country. The Library meets the needs of the community by providing a wide array of programming and resources, and access to a broad range of print, digital, and audiovisual collections. The Library has been a cornerstone of Jersey City's growing and changing community for more than 120 years.


Strategic Plan 

In August 2020, the Library's Board of Trustees adopted a new Strategic Plan to orient the Library's work towards goals and outcomes that are directly responsive to the community's needs. The process of drafting the Strategic Plan took place over several months, led by a committee of staff members from all parts of the Library, incorporating substantive input from patrons and community partners from all corners of Jersey City. Two months into the planning process, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of the Library's buildings; despite this monumental and unprecedented challenge, the Strategic Planning committee continued their work and developed a plan that reflects not just how the Library can serve the community in traditional ways, but also how the Library will adapt to continue serving the community as we all face an uncertain future.

Click the thumbnail to read a digital version of Strategic Plan.





Mission Statement
(Adopted December 8, 2020)

We promote lifelong learning and cultivate equity in our community through innovative programs, engaging collections, welcoming spaces, and committed staff.