Vision, Mission & Values

Our mission is simple: We share.

We share with our city, our community, our customers and our EPL team. We share our stories, ideas and our many different experiences. We share our space while always seeking to expand and improve it.

Vision

Our Mission is why we exist and our Vision is the GPS. We’re experts in helping people access the world's information and ideas, opening doors to learning, possibility and growth.

Our vision: EPL is the gathering place for people and ideas, enabling a lifetime of learning, engagement and possibility for every Edmontonian.

As Edmonton’s largest lender of information and entertainment, our greatest passion is creating connections to help, grow, inspire and change.

Our Strategic Plan

EPL's Strategic Plan is the five-year blueprint to help us be the best place in Edmonton to learn, create, be and work.

EPL's Strategic Plan

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Values

Our Shared Values are a reflection of who we are and what we believe as an organization. They are an expression of our passionate commitment to share information, ideas, knowledge, resources and expertise with everyone. They describe, define and inspire us.

Our Shared Values - PDF document sums this up nicely.

Intellectual Freedom

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Ideas of every kind, for everyone.

Over 260,000 Edmontonians regularly use our services. And we love that every person who comes to us brings with them a rich mixture of cultures, values, opinions and beliefs. It’s our role to celebrate this diversity and protect the Intellectual Freedom - PDF of our customers.

That means we make all kinds of material available to people, because we believe you’re free to access and develop your own informed opinions and ideas.


"It is the responsibility of libraries to guarantee and facilitate access to all expressions of knowledge and intellectual activity, including those which some elements of society may consider to be unconventional, unpopular, or unacceptable. To this end, libraries shall acquire and make available the widest variety of materials." — Canadian Library Association

Community-Led Service Philosophy

We’re bigger than our buildings.

We strengthen neighbourhoods and communities by creating connections. We go beyond traditional and physical boundaries to foster relationships and build dynamic, responsive library services.

EPL's Community-Led Service Philosophy is a framework for EPL to build relationships, and identify and meet customer needs. Our focus is on anyone facing barriers to using our services. This philosophy is all about improving services and finding ways to meet evolving community needs.

We connect, consult and collaborate with individuals and groups to understand the needs of our communities to inform the direction of library work and policies.

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