PATERSON - There is hidden treasure at the Paterson Library that many patrons have never seen, but not for long.

Library officials want to the public to know about the extensive art collection inside the city's facility and are considering ways to showcase a nearly $2 million collection most people don't know about.

The library is considering public tours, exhibitions and exchanges with museums and galleries to showcase what is the first public library in the state.

"Most people aren't aware of the fact that we have a significant collection of American impressionist paintings that were given to the library in 1925 by Jenny Hobart, who was the wife of a vice president," says Paterson Library Director Cindy Czesak. 

Among the 170 works of art is an oil painting of a park scene by William Merritt Chase appraised at more than $500,000.