Mission Statement


Mission Statement


As a two-county consolidated library district, our mission is to provide an organized collection of books and related educational and recreational materials for the residents of Barry and Lawrence counties, to give guidance in their use, to assist people in their search for reliable information and for pure intellectual enjoyment, and to encourage continuous self-education in order to advance an enlightened citizenship and to enrich personal lives.

A variety of programs, including story hours, home school enrichment, summer reading promotions, book talks, exhibits, movies, and other cultural events will be provided for all ages. Cooperation with other libraries and with schools, both public and private, will be a priority. Cooperation with groups and community agencies to provide stimulating educational and cultural activities will be encouraged in all branches.

Technological applications that will enhance library services will be provided. The impact of technology, specifically electronic communication and information, is crucial to today’s society. It is the aim of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library to provide public access computers for word processing, Internet access, e-mail, and educational software. In addition, an integrated automated network for circulation of library materials, an electronic database of library branch holdings, and information databases will be provided. Technology and telecommunications are an integral part of the overall library program, enhancing collections and library services.

Adopted by the Library Board of Trustees
March 1996
Revised February 2003