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STRATEGIC PLAN, 2016 – 2020

Community-Inspired Library Service

We are proud to share our strategic plan, which will guide GVPL from 2016 to 2020. Our priorities were developed with you, our library members, in mind. As part of the planning process, we defined our unique role in Greater Victoria, what we believe as a library system, and what we aspire to achieve for our community. Our mission, vision and value statements are foundational to everything we do, present and future.

We strive to offer you programs and services that enrich your lives and support you as lifelong learners. We listened carefully during the public engagement process and incorporated your ideas and suggestions to make a great library system even better. As you read about our future plans, we invite you to share your feedback and let us know how GVPL inspires your future.

Key Priorities

Our videos shine a light on our four key priorities:

CREATE great library spaces to meet unique user needs – in person and through our multiple e-service channels.

INSPIRE discovery through programs, collections and services that enhance literacy and lifelong learning.

ENGAGE passionate library members, funders and partners to expand the library’s reach and impact.

LEAD with support for innovative ideas, service models and governance.


1. DEVELOP local, community-inspired branch plans to increase the accessibility and impact of library services in Greater Victoria.

2. CULTIVATE the development of 21st century skills to bridge the digital divide in Greater Victoria.

3. OFFER new tools and learning opportunities that support the creativity and self-expression of individuals in our community.

4. CONTINUE investing in programs, services and collections for early learning and family literacy.

5. INVEST in new ways to extend the reach of the library beyond existing facilities and traditional venues.

6. INCREASE use and awareness of existing learning opportunities, leisure opportunities and resources the library has to offer.

7. CELEBRATE the unique local talents of the community by providing space, resources and opportunities to build connections.

8. CULTIVATE new supporters and engage existing donors, funders and members who expand the capacity of the library to meet community needs.

9. CREATE opportunities for staff to flourish in their roles through mentorship, leadership development and team building activities.

Peek-a-boo! Here’s a quote to brighten your day:

“When in doubt, go to the library.” – Hermione Granger