To provide all individuals and groups with an organized collection of books and related educational and recreational materials; to give guidance in their use; to help people in the search for greater understanding, reliable information and pure intellectual enjoyment; and to encourage continuous self-education in order to advance an enlightened citizenship and to enrich personal lives.
To provide a place where people may find original, unorthodox, or critical ideas necessary to a society that depends for its survival on free competition among ideas.
To present programs, book talks, exhibits, movies, story hours, summer reading programs, activities, and cultural events for patrons of all ages.
To cooperate with schools and other public libraries whenever possible.
To cooperate with groups and agencies in the community in providing stimulating educational and cultural activities.
To provide free library service to residents of Barry and Lawrence counties and serve the communities as a center of reliable information.
To support the Library Bill of Rights, Freedom to Read Statement, and Freedom to View Statement.
1.5A Library Bill of Rights
1.5B Freedom to Read Statement
1.5C Freedom to View Statement