Vision, Mission, Strategic Plan

Informed by the library’s vision, mission, and community aspirations, this strategic plan was approved by the Board of Library Trustees on November 26, 2019.

  • Vision: To empower every voice in our community
  • Mission: We share the information, services, and opportunities that fulfill Oak Park’s aspirations.
  • Community aspirations: Literacy, Education, Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, Empathy, Health, Safety, Affordability

Strategic plan

Engagement: The Oak Park Public Library connects people and builds community

Corresponding Values: Equity, Civic Responsibility, Collaboration, Compassion, Gathering, Participation


  • We focus on inclusive engagement and service to diverse community groups.
  • We facilitate connections among diverse audiences through shared community aspirations and experiences.
  • We lead the community in impactful civic engagement.
  • We attract and retain a library staff that reflects the diversity of our community.

Learning: The Oak Park Public Library educates global citizens

Corresponding Values: Knowledge, Access, Literacy, Privacy, Education, Opportunity, Intellectual Freedom


  • We build capacity for literacy and education.
  • We prepare people for continuously changing technology.
  • We improve patrons’ lives through opportunities to create and to learn new skills.

Stewardship: The Oak Park Public Library sustains, shares, and respects community resources

Corresponding Values: Accountability, Preservation, Sustainability, Transparency


  • We invite everyone into library spaces that are welcoming, safe, and inspiring.
  • We provide broad, effective, and equitable access to resources.
  • We prioritize sustainability.
  • We support all library staff to achieve happiness, well-being, and success.

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