Strategic Plan

Jump to: Planning | Mission | Values | Goals | Reports

Planning for ICPL's Future

We want to hear from you! As we head into a new strategic planning phase, we need input from you to help guide us. Take our online survey to let us know how we're doing and what you're interested in.
Share your feedback!

Community Feedback Sessions

We want to connect with you in-person for discussions about library services. Join us for one of the sessions listed here by location.

Downtown Library

123 South Linn Street, Iowa City

  • Wednesday, September 7, 12 - 1pm, Magazine Area
  • Monday, September 12, 6 - 7pm, Board Room
  • Friday, September 16, 8 - 9am, Meeting Room D
  • Saturday, September 17, 10 - 11am, Board Room
  • Sunday, September 18, 1 - 2pm, Magazine Area
  • Tuesday, September 27, 7 - 8pm, Board Room
  • Wednesday, September 28, 1 - 2pm, Board Room

Children’s Room, for adults caring for babies and children

123 South Linn Street, Iowa City

  • Saturday, September 10, 10:30 - 11:30am
  • Wednesday, September 14, 11am - 12pm

Senior Center, Room 302

28 South Linn Street, Iowa City

  • Friday, September 16, 10:30 - 11:30am

Eastside Recycling Center - Environmental Education Center

2401 Scott Blvd SE, Iowa City

  • Wednesday, September 14, 8 - 9pm


  • Monday, September 19, 3:45 - 4:30pm, Lemme Elementary
  • Friday, September 23, 5 - 8pm, Wetherby Park - Climate Fest


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.



We believe quality library and information resources should be readily available and equally accessible to all.


ICPL is for everyone.


We strive to extend our effectiveness through strategic partnerships.


We respond to community needs and understand that the free exchange of diverse ideas invigorates the community, stimulates personal growth, and fuels the economy.


We celebrate creativity and the joy of reading.

Intellectual Freedom

We respect the right to privacy and encourage people to freely access and explore ideas.


We believe reading is a 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.


Strategic Plan Documents