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Mission and Strategic Plan Policies


Last Revised: January 20, 2016

The mission of Glen Ellyn Public Library is to serve the community as a vibrant center for accurate information, robust learning, and personal discovery. 

We believe that a community flourishes when it sees itself reflected in its library and uses the library as a window for discovery. 

We exist to provide an open, vibrant center that builds community where all people can connect, explore new trends, and find trustworthy, reliable information to feed their curiosity. 

We demonstrate it by offering dynamic, modern spaces, a broad range of resources and timely events, trusted and welcoming staff, and a commitment to the wellbeing of our community. 

Strategic Plan

Last Revised: April 17, 2023

Anchor institutions are large, usually non-profit organizations that are tethered to their communities, such as hospital systems or universities. The anchor’s future, and the future of the community, are deeply intertwined—they are part of community life and make significant contributions to the quality of life. On the best days, anchors are beloved by community members.  

The term “anchor institution” was suggested in a focus group by a community member who works in public health, where the term is regularly used. The strategic direction of being an anchor institution was suggested through focus group conversations. “I want people to move to Glen Ellyn because of the library,” said one participant. Someone else remarked that other public services (like the fire department or the police) are meant to be used infrequently, while the library is constantly accessible for every community member. “You don’t age out of the library.” 

Our strategic plan asks, what would it take to be the top anchor institution for everyone in the Glen Ellyn community? In answering this question, we identified four over-arching goals: (1) improve existing resources and access, (2) connect and share our story, (3) meet current community needs, and (4) care for our staff. Multiple initiatives have been identified within each of these goals and are developed further below. 

Plan Outline 2023-2028
Improve Existing Resources & Access  Connect and Share Our Story  Meet Current Community Needs  Care for Our Staff 
Be welcoming and inclusive of all 

Offer programming that connects and engages 

Create and maintain inviting and flexible space 

Meet modern needs with modern messaging  

Build strong community partnerships 

Take the library to the people 

Protect the freedom to read 

Connect the community to care 

Enhance the employee life cycle 

Provide clear expectations and communication 

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