To strengthen our communities through knowledge, experiences, and creativity.
Everyone recognizes and values libraries as an essential element of a free society.
- Community Success: We are an engaged and valued partner.
- District-wide Collaboration: We thrive when we all support our common goals.
- Exceptional Service: We deliver positive and successful experiences.
- Innovation: We believe in imagination and possibilities.
- Intellectual Freedom: We ensure confidential and open access to all points of view.
(Adopted by Fort Vancouver Regional Library District Board of Trustees on January 23, 2017.)
Helping people where they live
In 2016, we set out to discover how our libraries can help our communities succeed. We undertook a series of Community Conversations with organizations and individuals to ask a series of questions about what made a community great and what it would take to see those attributes in our communities. Overwhelmingly, we heard from respondents that the kind of community they wanted to live in was one that was safe, community-oriented and one where you knew your neighbors.
Ideas that surfaced around areas for improvement varied by community, but the themes of transportation, affordable housing, job growth, and more educational opportunities were shared by all. We also heard that an increased number of community events in varied locations, and a better awareness of what’s going on, could help create change.
We learned that the success of a community depends on its people’s success, and the success of people depends on their access to, and ability to use, trustworthy information. Wherever you live in our 4,200 square mile service area, you need access to information and resources that enrich and improve your life. To that end, we developed FVRLibraries’ organizational mission, vision, and values, as well as our strategic priorities.