Chester Library Appoints Emily Searle Director

The Board of Trustees of the Chester Library has named Emily Searle as its new Library Director following a competitive statewide search. Searle started in her new role in July.

Searle brings with her more than a decade of experience working in both adult and youth services at school and public libraries in Hunterdon and Warren counties.

Emily Searle, MLIS

Most recently she worked as a Teacher-Librarian for 9 years at the Old Turnpike School in Tewksbury. She brings additional public library experience from her time working at Washington and Phillipsburg Public Libraries in Warren County.

“I’m eager to collaborate with our exceptional library team in our ongoing commitment to delivering top-notch resources and programs within our community,” said Emily Searle.

She also shared that she is excited to establish connections with Chester’s residents and business owners, exploring ways in which the library can contribute to their objectives and cater to their information needs.

As a local resident, Searle is delighted to have the opportunity to lead the Chester Library.

“I already loved spending time in the Chester Library as a patron because there is an amazing energy here,” said Searle. “I feel so grateful that this is where I get to come to work every day.”

“Emily has demonstrated herself as a leader in the library community, and a strong collaborator, during her time in Tewksbury,” said James Keehbler, Consultant, Library Crossroads. “Her background in business and finance, combined with her library experience and positive energy will make her a tremendous asset to the Chester community.”

Searle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance, from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), and a Masters in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University.

Chester Library is a municipal public library serving both the Chester Borough and Chester Township, in Morris County, New Jersey. Chester Library is a member of the Main Library Alliance, a nonprofit network of 49 public libraries located in Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Union, and Warren Counties. For more information about the library, visit:

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