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Mission, Vision, Values

Our Mission

Inspiring opportunity, connection, and innovation.

Our Vision

The Grand Rapids Public Library is key to a dynamic, creative, livable city where people come together to learn and be heard.

Our Values

  • Inclusion: We model respect and embrace difference. We are a welcoming place for all.
  • Collaboration: We seek partnerships and build strong teams. We co-create with
    our community.
  • Access: We are flexible, transparent, and trusted. We provide equal access to information, programs, and services.
  • Excellence: We put people first. We provide exceptional experiences and hold ourselves to the highest standards. We are empathetic and responsive.
  • Learning: We embrace life-long learning. We support literacy, curiosity, and cultural enrichment. We uphold everyone’s right to privacy, to seek information, and to voice diverse points of view.
  • Sustainability: We make strategic decisions with intentionality for a strong present
    and future library.
  • Innovation: We take risks, we fail forward, we seek feedback, we create, and we discover. We embrace change.