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Library History, Mission & Vision

Plaistow Public Library opened to the public on January 2, 1897. Later that year, Trustees wrote:

"The eagerness of the public to avail themselves of the privileges of the library indicates that we have taken a step in the right direction. It is believed by many that no such influence for good has ever been set in motion in our town."

Since that time, the Library has undergone many changes, including two moves to new locations.

Click here to view and download "A New History of Plaistow Public Library", written by Rand Hall.

You may also click here to view and download a facsimile of the complete Library report for 1897.

Our Mission Statement (approved April 2012):
"The mission of the Plaistow Public Library is to provide access to informational, educational and entertainment resources to all members of its community. The library provides materials in a variety of formats and embraces emerging technologies to encourage lifelong readers and learners. The library is committed to reflect and respond to the needs of the community."

Our Vision Statements (approved June 2012)

• The PPL will be the "Intellectual Heart” of the town where people of all ages can participate in activities that encourage a lifetime love of learning, literature and leisure activities.

• The PPL will provide discovery and exploration opportunities through resources and programming that will educate, inspire and entertain.

• The PPL will provide a safe and welcoming atmosphere that will allow space and emerging technologies to come together providing a collaboration of ideas and skills to enhance the educational, informational and recreational needs of the community.

• The PPL will be a trusted resource of information combining physical materials within the library and online access through a variety of remote access points while upholding freedom of access to information to everyone.

• The PPL will provide unparalleled public service by professional and knowledgeable staff.