Our Mission

Hopewell Public Library is the cultural heart of the community. Through its collections, programs, and services, the Library is a welcoming center for information, discovery, enrichment, and life-long learning for people of all ages.





History


March 17, 1890: Hopewell National Bank is founded at 13 East Broad Street,
the future site of the Hopewell Public Library.

March 14, 1914: Hopewell Public Library is founded at Broad and Mercer Streets,
formerly a harness shop, now Vincenzo's Pizza.

1915: Hopewell Post Office replaces Hopewell National Bank at 13 East Broad Street.

Spring, 1915: Children help Hopewell Public Library move to "Fireman's Hall" on Seminary Avenue by carrying books in wagons.

1922-1923: Hopewell Public Library tries unsuccessfully to buy 13 East Broad Street.

1924: Hopewell Public Library moves to 28 East Broad Street and
shares building with the Hopewell Museum.

1965: Hopewell Public Library moves to its current location
in the old Hopewell National Bank building.

2009: Hopewell Public Library "automates". Patrons are issued HPL bar coded  library cards and all items now have HPL bar coded labels. An online Catalog replaced the physical Card Catalog. The online Catalog can be searched by Patrons in the Library and from home. We believe, HPL is the last Public Library  in  New  Jersey to automate; but, one of the first in New Jersey to use an Integrated Library System that is "open source" (Koha) --- a new direction for libraries.

2014: Hopewell Public Library celebrates its 100th anniversary with an eye to the future and continuing to expand and improve our offerings and environment.



Extra material: Hopewell history to 1921
taken from "Help Hopewell Honor Her Heroes"
published for Library Week May 21-30, 1921.


History of Hopewell to 1921 (.pdf)







Library Hours

Effective: 2010-09-06


Mon.
10am-8pm
Tue. 12pm-8pm
Wed. 10am-8pm
Thu.
12pm-8pm
Fri. 12pm-5pm
Sat. 10am-2pm
Sun. Closed


Hopewell Public Library

13 E. Broad Street
Hopewell, NJ 08525
Ph: 609-466-1625
Fx: 609-466-1996
Email: HPL@redlibrary.org


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Cover from bygone days...


The old sign lives on!