Throughout its history, the Library’s growth has been closely linked to the growth of our community. Our constituency has shaped the institution’s services, programmes and our engagement with our members. The JPL remains a vital cultural space, still echoing the sentiments of the first founding progressive principle of being a library “for the people, by the people”; a space that holds something for everyone.
The Library offers solitary moments to get lost in a book as well as a place to connect with others. It is a door through which cultural diversity introduces audiences and readers to new languages, ideas, and traditions. The JPL is song and dance, rhythm and rhyme and stories and magic for little ones just beginning to explore the world. It is where the digital era showcases hundreds of years of history for new generations. The Library’s story is a collective one. It is the voice of countless people who have worked here – lay, staff and members, alike - who have all actively cultivated the spirit of the JPL. As the Library enters its second century it pays homage to the contributions of generations past by continuing their work in a new era.