About Us

Our Mission

The Friday Memorial Library seeks to be a dynamic and friendly hub for the community.  We are a gathering place for people in the New Richmond area to learn, explore and connect. We offer books, movies and music, as well as exciting programs for all ages. 

We envision a community that is engaged and active, seeking to work together to realize our shared goals and dreams. 

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Our History

The first public library in New Richmond was organized in the early 1890s, by a group of citizens. The library’s first location was in the back of a drugstore owned by Bell Aldrich, and the library was staffed entirely by volunteers. Fritz Friday gave the generous donation, in honor of his father Carleton A. Friday, which allowed the present facility to be built in Glover Park, across from the New Richmond City Hall on First Street. This building was completed in 1963 and expanded in 1989.

Our Priorities

Access, Equity, and Inclusion

We believe that all patrons should be able to access library collections, programs, and services. We believe that our collections, programs, and services are a reflection of our community and should represent the diversity that exists in this area.

Patron Experience

We believe that offering our patrons the best service possible is a foundation of our library. We believe in providing a positive atmosphere and working to create experiences that will bring patrons back.

Community Connections and Engagement

One of the key words in our mission is connect. We believe that our work is made stronger through collaboration and community engagement.

Lifelong Learning, Discovery, and Literacy

We believe that we enhance the entire community by providing materials that aid in discovery and learning. We believe in supporting literacy in our community through our materials and programs.

Facilities Management

We believe in creating a safe and inviting space for everyone.