Library Mission:  The purpose of the Bellingham Public Library is to be an important resource for all members of the community in their search for knowledge, ideas, information, and creative use of their leisure time.

Vision Statement:  The Bellingham Public Library embraces the rich heritage and vibrant future of our community.  We aspire to be the best possible library for the residents of Bellingham:  a true community center, the destination place residents consult to acquire and indulge a lifetime love of learning, literature and leisure activities.

  • We will optimize space to provide a safe and welcoming atmosphere for patrons of all ages. We will value mutual respect and ensure freedom of access to information to all.
  • We will provide unparalleled public service by being the resource for identifying and meeting the educational, informational, and recreational needs to enhance the community’s opportunities for self-directed life-long learning, reading and leisure activities. We will offer the space and technological tools for people and ideas to come together.
  • We will provide materials, creative programs, and access to technology, which encourage personal enjoyment and professional enrichment, while promoting literacy.  We will provide programs that educate, inspire and entertain.

The Bellingham Public Library will become a regionally recognized example of excellent library service.

Every five years, the library trustees, in cooperation with the community, library director and staff, prepare a Long Range Plan for the next five years.  Here is our plan for Fiscal Years  2011-2015.