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Purpose & Strategic Plan


The Bracebridge Public Library is an essential community hub providing everyone with materials and experiences that open minds, explore our world, inspire discovery, entertain and foster lifelong learning.

Motto: A lifelong passport to discovery.

Guiding Principles:

We respect the privacy, confidentiality, and diversity of all people and practise courtesy to all.

We strive to: provide free and equal access to library materials, programs and services; facilitate inclusion for all; meet high standards of professionalism and library services.

Learning and Literacy
We support lifelong learning and the achievement of literacy in all its forms.

Intellectual Freedom
We provide access to expressions of knowledge and creativity. We support the Canadian Library Association's position statement on intellectual freedom.

Preserving the Past
We believe it is important in our collections to preserve the human record.

Meeting the Future
We will respond to evolutions in knowledge, to technologies and to our changing society.

We will cultivate collaboration with individuals and groups in our local and wider communities.

We will act with integrity and practise responsible fiscal management and collection development.

Bracebridge Public Library Strategic Plan 2015-2019

Received Library Board approval June 9, 2015. Copies are available in the Library.

Goal #1: Meeting the Community's Need for a 21st Century Library

The Library will:

  • 1.1 Work towards a library building that fulfills the needs identified in the 2012 Library Needs Assessment.
  • 1.2 Seek to create a civic space that is barrier-free, environmentally friendly, functional and architecturally appropriate.
  • 1.3 Work together with the community, to build a library in which Bracebridge will take pride.

Goal #2: The Library as a Community Hub

The Library will:

  • 2.1 Maintain and improve the Library as a civic space, open and welcoming to all, with free access to materials, services and programs
  • 2.2 Ensure the Library is a place where residents may study, research, attend events and enjoy gathering and connecting with one another.
  • 2.3 Work towards providing programs for all ages at the Library.

Goal #3: The Library as a Knowledge Hub

The Library will:

  • 3.1 Provide experiences and access to materials both locally and from the larger library community as a portal to literacy and life-long learning.
  • 3.2 Provide knowledgeable, well-qualified staff.
  • 3.3 Strive to provide materials best suited to the community’s needs and adapted to the learning styles of individuals whether print, digital or audio-visual.

Goal #4: The Library as a Technology Hub

The Library will:

  • 4.1 Use technology in the Library and in the community to promote the Library and its services.
  • 4.2 In response to constantly changing technology, strive to provide staff and library users with appropriate training in hardware and software.
  • 4.3 Seek to educate the public through workshops, lectures and other means on how to access reliable and safe information on the Internet.

Goal #5: The Library and the Community

The Library will:

  • 5.1 Align with the Town of Bracebridge’s strategic objectives and planning.
  • 5.2 Through its Board, practise fiscal responsibility and act in good faith in the best interests of the Library.
  • 5.3 Co-operate with other community agencies and with the business sector of the town.
  • 5.4 Seek opportunities to engage in and support community events.

Goal #6: Funding for Present and Future Library Projects

The Library will:

  • 6.1 Identify and provide ways for the public to support Library projects, including but not limited to, taxdeductible donations or bequests.
  • 6.2 Continue to identify sources of, and apply for, government and corporate funding.