Mission

The Demarest Free Public Library is a state of the art community destination where all residents can gain free, easy access to a vast network of published information, literature, and audio/visual media to pursue their interests, expand their ideas, learn new skills, and interact with other members of the community to enrich their overall quality of life.

The library strives to be a valued extension of the community.  The Library offers special and regularly scheduled creative and educational programs for children, teenagers and adults.  We endeavor to staff the Library with dedicated individuals who are highly qualified and professional and can implement the goals set forth by the board of trustees.

As a member of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS), the library adheres to the directives of that group’s  mission statement: BCCLS is a consortium of public libraries that delivers quality library service to the general public through sharing of books and other material, purchasing, maintaining, and sharing a computer system and providing common access to electronic resources.  BCCLS initiates, nurtures, and manages cooperative public library services of which reciprocal borrowing is the cornerstone.  These actions provide its users the widest possible access to all types of materials and information and facilitate the use of global technology in public libraries.  BCCLS advocates the provision of professional reference and information services to the patrons of BCCLS libraries.

BCCLS supports coalition and consensus building as key steps in addressing and respecting library needs at the local, county, state and national levels for both adequate funding and appropriate legislation.

BCCLS affirms that libraries are forums for information and ideas and endorses the American Library Association Library Bill of Rights.