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About the New Jersey State Librarian

Welcome to the New Jersey State Library’s website! I am delighted to have been chosen as your new State Librarian and look forward to collaborating with both libraries and state agencies over the next several years.

Mary Chute, New Jersey State LibrarianA little bit about me … I mostly recently served for the last decade as Deputy Director for Libraries at the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington DC. In that position I gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and understanding of the challenges facing libraries nationally and internationally. I can bring that understanding, as well as ideas for meeting those challenges, to the libraries of New Jersey. My previous position was State Librarian of Delaware, so I am well-acquainted with the duties associated with State Librarianship. I also worked in the Maryland Division of Library Development and Services as well as beginning my career in the Lynnfield, Franklin and Millis public libraries, all located in Massachusetts. I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan; my Master of Arts in Art History from Boston University and my Master of Library Science degree from Simmons College.

One of the most exciting aspects about becoming the New Jersey State Librarian is the collaborative role of this State Library and the ability to work with New Jersey’s library community and other stake holders to help the state thrive. I believe that the State Library is well-positioned to help shape policy, address regional and national issues and yet be positioned to witness the impact our work has on the local communities we serve.

The State Library of New Jersey envisions a future in which all New Jerseyans have access to exceptional library services and to the information resources they need to achieve their personal, educational and professional goals. Here’s what we do to achieve this vision:

  • Serve as the principal library of state government- The State Library Information Center’s mission is to preserve and facilitate public access to state government information and provide library resources and services that support the operational needs of state government agencies.
  • Build the capacity of all libraries in the state-The Library Development and Library Law, Interlibrary Loan, Statistics and Surveys sections coordinates programs (such as the statewide summer reading) for libraries to help them increase their capacity to serve their local communities and conducts statewide programs such as the administration of the state grants program and continuing education for library staff.
  • The New Jersey Talking Book and Braille Center is a special public library that circulates books and magazines especially made for persons who cannot use regular printed material because of a visual or physical disability.

I invite you to look around our website to discover some of the incredible resources we make available.

We encourage you to use our services. Visit the State Library in Trenton to make use of our nationally noted genealogy collection. Visit our online library from your computer to see state publications and genealogy materials. Do you have a friend or relative whose eyesight is failing? Contact the Talking Book and Braille Center and sign them up for this free service. Finally, visit and support your local public library. It is the best deal in town (free!) and I bet that you will find something there to surprise and delight you.

Libraries continue to be anchor institutions in our communities that provide access to knowledge and lifelong learning through our collections, our services and our relationships with civic and business organizations. Enhancing this infrastructure and building on our collective strengths will certainly be one of my goals in order to enable libraries to improve the health of New Jersey and make the region stronger.

I am looking forward to traveling around the state over the next few months and getting to know many of you in person over the next few months. I encourage you to share your thoughts and ideas with me. Together we can keep New Jersey libraries at the forefront of library services!

Mary L. Chute, State Librarian