A glimpse of the past as the library turns 130

This year, the Hoboken Public Library celebrates its 130th anniversary. Since its founding in 1890, the Hoboken Public Library has provided access to information, books, media, and more, has held programs ranging from children's story times to resume-reviews for adults, and has facilitated learning and discovery. From our historic 1897 building to our modern day makerspace, the library has adapted throughout the centuries to continue to provide patrons with innovative programming, community space, and, most importantly, free access to information via books, media, and now the internet. We've been happy to be with you for these 130 years and we eagerly look forward to 130 more!

This online exhibition showcases items from our earliest days in the 1890s, our move to our new purpose-built library building in 1897, and the employees who have made it all happen, especially our "first family," the Hatfields. There are photos from the building's infancy, documents describing growing pains, and, above all, stories - because after all, this is a library. We welcome you to examine these items in detail and experience our rich history, then join us on our journey into the library's future. We can't do it without you!

Hoboken Public Library: Inspiring Minds Since 1890.

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Board of Trustees, 1953

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Nina Hatfield photographed with the rest of the Board of Trustees of the Library in 1953.
Back row, L-R: Mayor John J. Grogan, Mr. Romano, School…

Nina Hatfield Obituary, 1965

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Nina Hatfield's obituary. She outlived her husband by 40 years, dying in April 1965 at the age of 95.

Thomas Hatfield Obituaries, 1925

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Thomas Hatfield died on October 8, 1925, at the Hatfield home at 606 River Street. Nina took over as head librarian after his death, a position she…