About Us

The Princeton Public Library is a place where people celebrate words, ideas and community every day.

Mission and Vision

Our mission is to be the community’s living room, connecting people through words and ideas to enrich their lives and help them to realize their dreams.

Our vision is to remain the heart of a civically engaged community.


The Community’s Living Room

The Princeton Public Library is the heart of a vibrant and civically engaged community; a place where people celebrate words, ideas and community every day.

With its prime downtown location adjacent to Hinds Plaza and the Spring Street Garage, the library is ideally situated to welcome thousands of people each day. A world-class collection, expert staff and thousands of engaging programs each year mean that everyone can find something at the library. For more than 100 years, the Princeton Public Library has been changing the lives of Princeton residents.


A Transformed Library for a Digital Future

Today’s Princeton Public Library reflects the values, passions and diversity of our community. We are considered by many to be a leader and innovator for others in the library field. We are proud of our reputation and grateful for the positive feedback we receive every day from those who use the library.

We are committed to maintaining our excellence and will continue to transform our library and services to incorporate the latest developments in information technology, digital content, and new ways of sharing information. We’re your library, continually changing and adapting to bring you the very best that libraries have to offer.


Annual Reports

Read the 2013–14 Annual Report
Read the 2015 Annual Report


Library Foundation

The Princeton Public Library Foundation supports the library’s mission to connect people with ideas, information, technology, resources and each other in ways that enrich their lives and help them to realize their dreams.


Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Princeton Public Library is a volunteer organization that supports, enhances and promotes the work of the library.


The Sands Library Building

When the Sands Library Building opened in 2004, it was widely hailed as a “modern library.” But it has only grown in recent years with new additions to our 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors.


Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the legally designated governing board for the Princeton Public Library responsible for the overall welfare of the library and the customers it serves.


Privacy and Confidentiality

We hold privacy and confidentiality to the utmost importance. Our Privacy and Confidentiality statement can be viewed here: princetonlibrary.org/about/privacy


Library Policies

All library policies for borrowing & fees, code of conduct, internet usage and privacy.