Mission, Vision, & Plan of Service

Library Goals & Plans

A good public library holds up a mirror to its community; a truly great public library both holds up a mirror to the community and opens a window out to the larger world. Through its services, collections, and relationships with the community, a library can help a community see itself more clearly as well as everything around it.

AAPI Statement of Solidarity
Land Acknowledgement


The Reading Public Library is a center and resource for learning and civic engagement. We provide a place and platform of, by, and for the people who can benefit as individuals as well as contribute to the well-being of the community.

Core Values

Our Mission and Vision Statements are based on the following Core Values:

  • Education
  • Equity
  • Accountability
  • Access


Evolving together to strengthen communication, equity, collaboration, and learning.

Plan of Service

Every five years the Library goes through a strategic planning process that culminates in a long-term “Plan of Service” filed with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.


On November 10, 2020, the Board of Library Trustees approved the Mission, Core Values, and Strategic Areas of Focus. The Board of Library Trustees approved a new Vision Statement on December 14, 2020.

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