Vision, Mission, Values & Priorities

As a public library in a Book Sanctuary Community, our mission is to share the information, services, and opportunities that fulfill Oak Park’s aspirations. Our vision to empower every voice in our community. 

A Library for Everyone printed and displayed on the glass in the Main Library Lobby

These statements were developed through a yearslong process of turning outward, listening to what kind of community our neighbors want to live in. Oak Parkers told us they aspire to live in a community that is diverse, equitable, inclusive, and empathetic, as well as a place that supports education, health, literacy, safety, and affordability.

Strategic priorities & plans

Our library strategically prioritizes equity & anti-racism (and values of accessibility, empowerment, courage, impact-oriented work, innovation, representation, and social justice); engagement (and values of diversity, equity, inclusion, civic responsibility, collaboration, compassion, gathering, and participation); learning (and values of access, education, knowledge, intellectual freedom, literacy, opportunity, and privacy); and stewardship (and values of accountability, preservation, sustainability, and transparency.)

Logic model

The library’s 2024 logic model (pdf) provides a snapshot of strategic thinking and planning around key elements including: inputs (what we have); activities (what we do); outputs (what we produce or deliver); and outcomes (what impact we strive to make in our community).

How we measure & define success

Dive more deeply into how the library evaluates and reports on its impact in relation to its strategic priorities: