Library Director, Franklin Lakes Public Library (NJ)

Franklin Lakes Public Library is a well-established library that is highly valued and integral to our community. We are committed to connecting with our patrons, fostering innovation, and creating welcoming spaces. Our library is seeking a Director who can actively and positively engage with the community and our staff, as well as lead the implementation of our exciting plans for the future.

Franklin Lakes Public Library

About Our Library

The Franklin Lakes Public Library enjoys strong support from a community that values its local library. We have an annual budget of approximately $1.6 million, and a dedicated staff that includes 7 full-time and 27 part-time employees. We enjoy the support of the Friends of the Franklin Lakes Library, Inc. This non-profit organization is dedicated to supporting services of the Franklin Lakes Public Library, by providing significant funding for library programming.

Our library provides intellectual and social value to our community. Residents enjoy our wide range of services, from providing books and online resources; to circulating WiFi hotspots and items in our Library of Things, which include games, tools, and electronics. We are planning an interior renovation to further improve our patron and staff experiences. This redesign is supported by library and town leadership, and details that are under consideration are listed in our 2022-2025 Strategic Plan. The incoming Director will have the opportunity to provide leadership for the renovation, and ensure that our redesigned space best meets the needs of our community. 

The Franklin Lakes Public Library is a leading member of BCCLS (the Bergen County Cooperative Library System), which includes 77 libraries in northern New Jersey, and circulates over twelve million items annually. As a member library, our staff has access to professional development and the support of a large community of library professionals. 

Located in northwestern Bergen County, our library operates in a beautiful suburban setting, serving over 11,000 residents. Bordering on Passaic County, Franklin Lakes benefits from its proximity to New York City. The area is also well known for its natural beauty including the Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve, and Parsons Pond Park. 

Franklin Lakes Public Library

About This Opportunity

The Franklin Lakes Public Library Board of Trustees is seeking a forward-thinking Director to continue our progress toward the goals and objectives in our 2022-2025 Strategic Plan. Our ideal candidate is a community-focused and confident leader, who will engage and empower our staff, and provide the library with strong organizational and fiscal management skills.

Required Experience

  • An ALA accredited MLS/MLIS or equivalent degree.
  • A New Jersey Professional Librarian certificate, or eligibility to acquire.
  • At least 3 years of progressive professional public library leadership and administrative experience. Director’s experience is preferred, but not required.
  • Demonstrated experience building community relationships.
  • Ability to communicate professionally and effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to think critically and creatively to solve problems and implement ideas.
  • Current knowledge of library technology, trends, innovations, and New Jersey library law.


Equal Opportunity Employer. Employees must comply with the “New Jersey First Act,” which requires residency in New Jersey.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time position with a minimum starting salary of $100,000 (salary negotiable based upon experience). Benefits include: paid holidays, paid vacation, paid sick leave, health benefits, and enrollment in the PERS pension system.

For Further Information

For more information about Franklin Lakes Public Library please visit our website:

The Franklin Lakes Library Board of Trustees has retained Library Crossroads, LLC to help with this important search. Please direct all inquiries to Library Crossroads:

To Apply:

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Review of applications will begin immediately. The deadline to apply is June 23rd, 2023.