The New Westminster Public Library was founded in 1865 and we have been inspiring readers ever since.

Library Mission Statement

The New Westminster Public Library is a tax-supported service that endeavours to meet the informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs of New Westminster residents.

The Library gathers, organizes, integrates and disseminates past and present ideas, facts, and creative insights to enable individuals, regardless of age, background, or position, to meet the requirements of a changing society.


The members of the 2020 New Westminster Public Library Board are:

  • Naomi Perks – Chairperson
  • Rohan J. Singh – Vice-Chairperson, Policy Committee
  • Jane DePaoli – InterLINK Representative, Secondary Policy Committee
  • Elaine Su
  • Norah Andrew – InterLINK Representative, Strategic Planning Committee
  • Stacy Ashton – Strategic Planning Committee
  • Mary Trentadue – City Council Representative
  • Susan Buss – Chief Librarian (Acting)
  • Sandy Shein – Note Taker – Administrative Assistant

The New Westminster Public Library Board meetings are generally held on the second Tuesday of each month except July, August, and December. In these months meetings are only held at the call of the Chair. The meetings are at 6 pm and are held virtually via Zoom. In 2021, the specific dates of meetings are:

  • January 12
  • February 9
  • March 9
  • April 13
  • May 11
  • June 8
  • September 14
  • October 12
  • November 9

Board Meetings are open to the public. Please contact the Chief Librarian at 604-527-4675 to confirm meeting dates and times.

Members of the public wishing to make presentations to the Board should contact the Chief Librarian at least 10 days prior to a meeting date.

Regular appointments to the Board are by City Council at the time of appointments to all city committees, boards, and commissions. When a position is available on the Library Board, an announcement is made on the City Page, in the local newspaper and on other notice boards around the city and in the library. Positions are also posted on the Library’s own web site.

Board Members are usually selected on the basis of their knowledge, experience, and activity in the community. Residents who are interested in Board positions are required to complete an application form and return it to City Hall.

For more information on becoming a Trustee, please contact the Chief Librarian at 604-527-4675.

  • To match Library facilities, resources, and services to the particular needs and interests of New Westminster residents.
  • To provide informational, educational, cultural, and recreational materials in diverse forms for the enrichment, self-development, and enjoyment of New Westminster residents, and to organize these materials for optimum use.
  • To provide a knowledgeable, well-trained and responsive staff in sufficient numbers to maintain a high level of service.
  • To make New Westminster residents aware of their Library’s resources and services.
  • To cooperate actively with other libraries and community agencies in order to share resources and broaden the scope of the Library’s services without duplication of effort.
  • To be a responsible public employer in dealings with the staff of the Library.

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