Vision, Mission, Strategic Plans

Informed by the library’s vision, mission, and community aspirations, our strategic plan with priorities of engagement, learning, and stewardship was approved by the Board of Library Trustees on November 26, 2019. On March 23, 2021, the Board approved a fourth strategic priority and separate strategic plan, the library’s first Anti-Racism Strategic Plan.

  • 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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