SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Free Public Library's Board of Trustees has announced the adoption of a long-range plan for 2014 - 2017.  The plan foresees the library taking on the role of a "destination" for all Summit residents.  

A new mission statement concisely states what the library does for its community: "The Summit Free Public Library informs, enriches and inspires the community."  The vision statement broadens the goal of the mission statement to say that the Summit Library, "will be a destination vital to the fabric of the community.  The library will be the focal point for knowledge, entertainment, social gathering and the exchange of ideas."

The trustees have established a timeline for the completion of the many goals that have been set.  The library will continue to provide library materials, programming, reference service and online resources for patrons, and will investigate newer e-book lending models, streaming services, patron education and community outreach. 
Some action items are already in the works or have begun including e-mail notification of reserves, materials due, and overdues.  On-site business services have been enhanced to include a computer  self-printing station from library PCs or patron devices, a patron fax machine, notary services, room reservation software, and improved wireless connectivity.  In the next few months staff will be reviewing new, integrated library systems to upgrade the library's online public access catalog and circulation system.

A copy of the long range plan is available for review in the library, as well as on the library website at

The Summit Free Public Library is located at 75 Maple Street.  Summer library hours begin June 30, and are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  The library is closed on Sunday in July and August.  Sunday hours will resume on September 7.