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Library Mission and Vision

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Portsmouth Public Library to offer access to a comprehensive collection of materials, in a safe and appealing environment, to encourage social, economic, cultural, and intellectual growth. Through the careful use of resources and a knowledgeable staff, the Library will contribute to the overall quality of life and meet the ever-changing needs of the citizens of Portsmouth. By encouraging an atmosphere of lifelong learning through traditional library services and emerging technologies, the library will continue to be a relevant part of our community.

Vision Statement

The Portsmouth Public Library aspires to offer the citizens of the City a safe, accessible, attractive place conducive to learning, research, enlightenment, creativity and enjoyment.

The Library will be a pathway for ongoing education, providing access to knowledge and information to enable citizens to improve their standard of living and contribute to the continuing growth and prosperity of the City of Portsmouth.

Portsmouth will achieve recognition among its residents and throughout the region for being on the leading edge of library services delivery.

The Library will achieve its vision and its goals with a philosophy that embraces change and seeks superior service. It will seek opportunities for improved service through collaboration with the library systems of neighboring cities.