2024–2026 Strategic Plan
Since our last strategic plan, we've persevered through a global pandemic, an opening of a new branch, and increased attacks on intellectual freedom. Throughout these challenges, opportunities, and accomplishments, the Library has worked to remain a welcoming space for all Monroe County residents to read, learn, connect, and create.
The Library has changed since our last strategic plan was developed back in 2020. After successfully navigating the hurdles of the COVID-19 pandemic by providing flexible, contactless, and virtual service options, we’ve seen a strong rebound of physical item circulation, in-person program attendance, and community room reservations. We opened our new Southwest Branch to great fanfare and embracing support, and we are now operating as a three-branch library system reaching more and more people across Monroe County.
Perhaps one of the greatest points of pride for any library is a commitment to intellectual freedom. The idea that library patrons have the right to explore or ignore whatever they find within our collections is not only fundamental to our collection development policy but is also the very foundation of our identity as an organization. We share this strategic plan at a time when, on a national scale, the notion of intellectual freedom itself is being questioned.
On behalf of the Monroe County Public Library, our staff, and our Board of Trustees, we are pleased to share the Library's 2024–2026 strategic plan. We also have print versions of the plan available at all MCPL locations. This strategic road map will inform much of the work we do over the next three years, and it will serve as a set of guidelines for how well we are meeting community needs as we look to expand, refine, and continue the services you value most.