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2016-2021 Strategic Plan

Mission Statement

The Iowa City Public Library is a center of community life that connects people of all ages with information, engages them with the world of ideas and with each other, and enriches the community by supporting learning, promoting literacy, and encouraging creativity.

Values Statement


The Library believes quality library and information resources should be readily available and equally accessible to all.


The Library strives to extend its effectiveness through strategic partnerships.


The Library responds to community needs and understands the free exchange of diverse ideas invigorates the community, stimulates personal growth, and fuels the economy.


The Library celebrates creativity and the joy of reading.

Intellectual Freedom

The Library respects the right to privacy and encourages people to freely access and explore ideas.


The Library believes reading is the gateway to knowledge.



The Iowa City Public Library connects people to information essential for daily living and offers them opportunities for enjoyment and personal growth.


The Iowa City Public Library actively encourages discovery, learning, and greater participation in community life.


The Iowa City Public Library contributes to the quality of life in Iowa City by offering opportunities to explore diverse ideas, to exercise imagination, and to express creativity.

2011 - 2015 Annual Strategic Plan Reports