Vital and Valued- Our Strategic Plan

Our Mission

To provide access to resources, programming, services, and support to educate, enrich, and engage our diverse communities.

Our Vision

We are a vital and beloved community resource for all, meeting challenges and leading change with unfettered access to equitable, diverse, and inclusive opportunities that promote discovery, innovation, and learning.

Our Libraries Are...

Community Centered and Engaging
We will center our services and programs around community needs, and ensure that everyone is aware of how to access resources that are beneficial and support their enrichment.

Diverse and Inclusive
We will collaborate with our diverse community to ensure that our services, staff, programs, and collection are inclusive.

Innovative and Creative
We will provide leading edge interactive educational and entertainment tools.

Leaders In Lifelong Learning
We will provide hands on, interactive opportunities for our communities to increase their skills and knowledge for work, life, and educational goals.

Open and Accessible
We will address factors and circumstances that impact or impede individual access to library services.

Resourceful and Responsive
We will be flexible and adaptable, meeting our community where they are with resources, support, and information that responds to their needs.

Collaborative and Sustainable
We will develop strong organizations, thriving partnerships, and sustainable funding to enhance the quality of library services in Delaware County. 

Ready For the Future

As a system of member libraries, we collaborate in our work for the Delaware County community. Each library has a unique set of resources, dedicated staff, trustees, and volunteers, and a connection to their own community; yet we work together as partners to ensure our entire County benefits from our library services.

DCL has been working with its strategic plan for a full year and with the new year came the opportunity to revisit this living document. The DCL team has spent time reviewing and prioritizing strategic goals for 2023. Please find the updated Plan here.


Click here to view the plan in PDF format. (PDF)

Read a press release about the launch of the new strategic plan.

View Library Classes & Events

Wed Dec 6

Wed Dec 6

(All day)
Upper Darby Township/Sellers Library – Sellers Memorial Branch
Available in the Children's Library.  Free craft kits for Preschool - 2nd grade and Grades 3 - 5. ...
(All day)
Marple Public Library
Discover a world of creative possibilities with our Teen Take & Make program. Pick up fun DIY...
(All day)
Media-Upper Providence Free Library
Miss Vicki will be at a special training this morning. See you next week!
(All day)
Helen Kate Furness Free Library
The library will be hosting a Holiday & Cookbook Book Sale from Monday December 4 through...