The Alfred H. Baumann Free Public Library was founded on May 26, 1962 through the efforts of the West Paterson Women's Club. Housed in a former church on 11 Whippany Avenue, the library outgrew the space and in 1979 relocated to its present facility at 7 Brophy Lane. In January, 1992 the library was renamed the Alfred H. Baumann Free Public Library in honor of the mayor and school principal of West Paterson, Alfred Baumann. Today, more than 50% of the residents in Woodland Park are library card holders! The library is a vibrant and exciting place in our growing community.
“A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.”
~ Andrew Carnegie
The mission of the Alfred H. Baumann Free Public Library is to provide a wide range of materials, services and programs for people of all ages to meet the ever changing educational, recreation, and information needs of the residents of Woodland Park. To support this task, the Library is dedicated to providing access to information using current and emerging technologies with the best possible staff and facility. The Library is committed to being the learning and activities center for residents of all ages.
Mary Holloway, President
Fredrick Lijoi, Treasurer
Sandra Hartmann, Secretary
Stephen R. Dickerson
Mayor Keith Kazmark
Bernadette Lawler, Mayor's Representative
Superintendent, Dr. Michele R. Pillari
Rosemary Ficarra, Superintendent's Representative
Library Board of Trustees
Linda Hoffman, MLIS, Library Director