About Us

Taken at the reopening of the 2nd floor of the Princeton Public Library Saturday, March 25, 2017. (Photo by Cie Stroud for the Princeton Public Library)
The Princeton Public Library is a place where people celebrate words, ideas and community every day.

Mission and Vision

Our mission: We engage, inspire, educate and unite everyone in our diverse community. 

Our vision: My favorite place in Princeton


Our Shared Values

Learning and teaching

Clarity and transparency

Kindness and an assumption of good faith

Humility and teamwork 

Creativity and collaboration

Optimism and accountability


Library Culture

We exceed the public’s expectations. The exemplary customer service that we provide for our members and guests is what sets us apart from other libraries.

We value diversity, equity and inclusion. The library is stronger when we bring varied perspectives to the work of serving a growing and increasingly diverse community. 

We innovate. The library’s staff, boards and stakeholders are bold and creative. We think about new ways to improve our community every day.

We educate and enrich. We curate extraordinary collections and research tools, constantly develop our level of expertise and offer classes, lectures and events that complement these resources and services.

We listen. We want to hear from everyone about how well we are doing in meeting their needs and how we can do better; we analyze evidence and question our assumptions and we commit ourselves fully to making thoughtful changes.

We collaborate. We are eager to learn and love to lead. We consult with and support colleagues at other libraries and community partners in order to ensure our ability to implement the ideas that best meet our community members’ needs.

We steward. The library is a beautiful, welcoming, versatile building and collection, a world class resource that is owned by our community, funded through public-private partnership and entrusted to the management of a dedicated and talented library staff.


Strategic Plan 2019-’21


Annual Reports

Read the 2016 Annual Report

Read the 2015 Annual Report

Read the 2013–14 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.