A mission statement is a formal summary of the aims and values of a company, organization, or individual. Our mission statement is:

  • “Foster lifelong learning and connect the community through our materials, space, events, and expertise.”


A vision statement is a statement describing the clear and inspirational long-term desired change resulting from the library’s work. Our vision statement is:

  • “Empower, inspire, connect.”

July 2019 – June 2021 Strategic Plan

Strategic planning is a way to set the direction and establish priorities for our library. It defines the library’s view of success and prioritize the activities that will make that view our reality. The plan helps us understand what we should be working on, and in what order. The primary reason behind undertaking strategic planning is to understand the needs of the community and identify ways to increase usage of the library by Lincolnwood residents. The current plan runs from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021.

Core Values

Core values define the culture and character of the library, and guide how staff behave and make decisions. The Lincolnwood Public Library District values:

  • Friendly, efficient, and knowledgeable customer service
  • Initiatives that look to the future and improve the library for the community
  • Staff interactions that are respectful, open-minded, and team-oriented
  • A welcoming environment for all members of the community
  • Support of intellectual freedom
  • Protection of privacy of its patrons

We stand against racism