Our Mission and Vision
Library Mission Statement
The Red Bank Public Library provides materials, information, technology and cultural opportunities to enrich, empower, educate and entertain people of all ages and backgrounds.
Library Vision Statement
The Red Bank Public Library is a vibrant institution that enriches life in the community by providing books and other materials for recreation and self education, free access to technology, and cultural and informational programs that enable people to come together, share ideas and information and pursue lifelong learning.
The Library Board of Trustees and staff will work together to:
Deliver library services for all ages in a welcoming, convenient, and responsive manner.
Promote and encourage a lifelong love of reading and learning, particularly in our young people.
Provide circulating collections of current high-demand, high-interest materials in a variety of formats.
Develop collections representing a broad spectrum of knowledge on a variety of subjects and in a variety of formats with a focus on the needs of the community for current, accessible and relevant information.
Offer reference services providing timely and accurate information from authoritative sources.
Preserve, and make available, the unique history of the community of Red Bank.
Maintain an attractive, clean, environmentally sustainable and comfortable facility, recognizing its unique scenic and historical aspects.
Provide free access to information technology for members of our community.
Partner with community organizations, educational institutions and the business community to reach out to every member of the community regardless of age, race, educational achievement or native language.
Celebrate the diversity of our community and promote understanding.
Library values Statement
The Trustees, Staff and volunteers of the Red Bank Public Library recognize the following shared values:
We recognize that people are important, celebrate their diversity, and treat our patrons, co-workers and volunteers with dignity and respect.
We will protect each customer’s right to privacy with respect to information sought and materials consulted or borrowed.
We will respond to our customers in a timely and accurate manner.
We will resist censorship.
We will act in a professional manner, always mindful of the impression we make on our patrons and co-workers.
We will act with integrity, honesty and fairness.
We will encourage staff innovation and creativity, recognize team work and superior performance and support continuing education.
We will educate and inform our community of the services, roles and responsibilities of the library.
We will conduct our business affairs economically, accurately and with integrity.
We will be aware of changing trends in library services and technology and in our community, and be willing to experiment and adopt change as necessary to meet the evolving needs of our community.
Adopted by the Red Bank Public Library Board of Trustees July 22, 2010
About the Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium (LMxAC)
The Red Bank Public Library is proud to be a member of the Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium (LMxAC), a group of 30 libraries located throughout Monmouth, Middlesex and Union Counties. The LMxAC shares both electronic and physical collection resources (books, DVDs and other media) as well as online catalog and circulation systems. This means that we are able to offer our patrons access to far more than what's on our shelves and in our digital resource collection — and that patrons enjoy the convenience of borrowing or returning items at any LMxAC library! And library catalogs can be accessed via links on our website or on mobile devices via our LMxAC app!
Visit the LMxAC website to learn more!
Find a PDF of our 2018 Budget summary here.
Find a PDF of our 2016 Strategic Plan here.
History of the Library
A group of women in the community start the Red Bank Mutual Library Association with funds raised from private donors. The library's first home is a building on the east side of Broad Street subsequently occupied for many years by Clayton and Magee. A copy of the first catalogue, listing the 334-volume collection, is still available in the present Library.
The Library is moved across the street to a millinery shop owned by Mr. S. B. Vandergrift, who also functioned as the librarian.
A fire destroys most of the collection. Funds are raised and the Library reopens as a "reading room" in the Childs Building on Broad Street.
The Library is incorporated as the Red Bank Library Company.
Andrew Carnegie, famous for endowing libraries, offers $10,000 to the Board for construction of a new building under the stipulation that the Borough supply a site and guarantee $1,000 annually for library maintenance. The offer is refused.
Overcrowding forces a move to the Weiss Building at 14 Monmouth Street.
Residents vote to establish a free public library. The Board turns over its assets to the town, which maintains the Library through the stock market crash of 1929 and the start of the Great Depression.
Overcrowding again forces a move, to the Swift Building at 69 Monmouth Street.
The sons of Sigmund Eisner, longtime Library benefactor, gift the Eisner residence at 84 West Front Street to the Borough of Red Bank for use as a library. The doors open in its permanent home on April 15 of that year.
After some years as a member of the Monmouth County Library System, the Red Bank Library withdraws its membership in the county system. The Eisner family remains active in the development of the Library throughout the years, through Board memberships and donations. The family's involvement has continued to the present day.
Consideration is given to relocating the Library but in the end the decision is made to build an addition instead.
After being housed temporarily in Borough Hall, the Library reopens in a much expanded facility where it remains today. The 1968 building is considered state of the art at the time.
A Master Plan is completed to bring the library up to date, make it ADA-compliant, and restore rooms in the original family home to make them functional as part of the Library.
For several years the Library is engaged in planning, renovating, construction, and refurbishing projects throughout the building. During some of this period, operations are carried out on a reduced scale at a neighboring location. Finally the Library reopens in early 2008, in its current configuration.
In April, the Library celebrates its 75th year as the Red Bank Public Library, and in the Eisner home. Accompanying this celebration is the opening of the New Jersey Local History Room, dedicated to the preservation and study of Red Bank's local and regional history and cultural heritage. Imporant features of the historical collections are objects and documents from the Eisner family, which are accessible to the public and often on exhibit, along with other items of local historical interest.