Mission, Values, and Strategic Planning Policy

Section: History, Authority, Mission

Approved: 6/19/1997

Reviewed: 3/27/2003, 12/20/2007, 3/28/2019

Revised: 3/28/2002, 11/18/2010, 3/17/2016, 3/17/2022


Mission Statement

Ames Public Library:  We connect you to the world of ideas.



As a department of the City, Ames Public Library embraces the Excellence Through People Values, which are:

  • Continuous Improvement
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Customer Driven
  • Data Driven
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Employee Involvement
  • Excellence
  • Fiscal Stewardship
  • Honesty and Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Positive Attitude
  • Respect One Another
  • Safety and Wellness
  • Teamwork


Strategic Planning

The Ames Public Library Board of Trustees is committed to the process of strategic planning and will meet the standards established by the State Library of Iowa for Tier 3 Library accreditation.