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Richmond Public Library will begin implementing its plans for the future in the new year.
Excited by the opportunity to reimagine and explore the possibilities of enhanced services, the 2019-2021 Strategic Plan reflects ideas from more than 7,000 community members through conversations, surveys, an open house and focus groups.
“Library staff are passionate about what they do to support the dreams and goals of Richmond residents, from the smallest children to seniors, and everyone in between,” says chief librarian Susan Walters. “Our new strategic plan will provide a framework to help us offer quicker access to information, specialized materials and resources for different interests, deliver innovative services and provide meaningful opportunities to connect with your community.”
Based on feedback, the library has established five priorities to:
• Build and grow the library community
• Communicate what the library is and the services it provides
• Expand access to programs, services and collections
• Reimagine space for the library
As part of its vision, the library aims to inspire curiosity, transform lives and empower with an ongoing mission to create opportunities for learning, connecting and belonging while valuing diversity, inclusion, engagement, responsiveness and innovation.
In building and growing its community, the library hopes to ensure every child has a library card. It also plans to further invest in staff and broaden and deepen civic relations. Reimaging space while also addressing and understanding evolving needs, and partnering to realize new opportunities, is also on the list of priorities.
Richmond Public Library has branches at Brighouse (its main branch) at 100-7700 Minoru Gate, Cambie at 150-11590 Cambie Rd. and Ironwood at 8200-11688 Steveston Hwy, and library services on Saturdays at Hamilton Community Centre, 5140 Smith Dr.
The library board formally approved the 2919-2021 Strategic Plan Nov. 28. Board chair Susan Koch sincerely thanks and acknowledges the contributions of all who shared their feedback.
“I would also like to thank our community partners and the City of Richmond for their ongoing support,” she says.