Mission


Champaign Public Library | Strategic Plan 2018–2021

We inspire, inform, and connect our community!

We value:

  • Exceptional service and convenience
  • Ongoing innovation
  • Building community
  • Responsible stewardship
  • Access for all

Our goals:

ACCESS AND OUTREACH

Broaden the reach of the library into the community by making it a part of the lives of all community members

•    Increase open hours as funding becomes available
•    Expand virtual presence with online resources and services
•    Expand outreach and services to address targeted community needs
•    Find new ways to market library services to reach non-users
•    Remove barriers to library use and customer convenience

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Provide essential resources in reducing unemployment and underemployment in our community
•    Collaborate with community partners to provide and host skill-building and literacy programs and services
•    Increase basic technology assistance and instruction to individuals and groups
•    Train and promote staff as experts in assisting job seekers, displaced workers, and entrepreneurs
•    Explore making additional space available in the future for small business acceleration or workforce training

EARLY LEARNING

Play a leadership role in the community in early childhood literacy and education

•    Expand resources and programs for parents, caregivers and practitioners serving young children
•    Partner with service providers to deliver library resources to parents and caregivers of young children
•    Train and promote staff as experts in early literacy
•    Build home libraries by providing free books for young children

TECHNOLOGY

Increase access to and informed use of technology by community members
• Expand technology training, classes, and one-on-one assistance
• Explore options to provide technology training at other community sites
• Explore creation of a dedicated space for customer use of advanced and innovative technologies
• Train and promote staff as experts in technology assistance and instruction

BUILDING COMMUNITY

Expand the library’s role of a vital community center where people meet, learn, and share experiences
• Increase opportunities for civic engagement
• Expand possibilities for lifelong learning
• Provide state-of-the-art meeting spaces with Café service
• Ensure the continued success of the FriendShop Bookstore
• Explore creating a larger capacity space for cultural activities and programs


Approved by the Champaign Public Library Board of Trustees, August 2018

Main library patio with flowers

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Library Admininstration
217/403-2050
librarian@champaign.org

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