Library Director Lisa Downing
Library Director Lisa Downing

Mission Statement

Forbes Library exists to provide a wide range of information and materials to all of the people of Northampton, and to encourage and support the civic, intellectual, and cultural pursuits of the community. Forbes Library encourages curiosity, free inquiry, and lifelong learning and provides a friendly physical environment as a community meeting place.

Vision Statement

adapted from poem by Seth Gregory

a safe space
a community hub
a sanctuary for lifelong learning
we are here to welcome and meet your needs
believing that dignity is inherent
that knowledge is power
and that your library should be free

Library Values

Welcoming: We offer an inclusive space that builds community and belonging.

Inspiring: We foster curiosity, creativity, fun, and lifelong learning.

Equitable: We ensure that the library is accessible and free for all.