WFPL Strategic Plan & Annual Plan

Our Vision

The vision of the West Florida Public Libraries is to be a destination which serves as a civic space encompassing the roles of a public library, cultural center and a community gathering spot. The library exists to be an essential community institution serving both individual and societal needs while promoting the development of self-confident, and literate citizens through the provision of open access to informational resources. It is a safe, friendly place where people can connect socially and intellectually, allowing people of all ages, backgrounds and lifestyles to live more fulfilled and productive lives.

Our Mission

The mission of the West Florida Public Libraries is to act as the community’s independent learning center for residents of all ages who live in Escambia County, Florida. The library will strive to meet the informational, recreational, and educational needs of the community by providing free access to reading, and audio-visual materials, and serving as an information portal offering public computing, database, and Internet access technology.

West Florida Public Libraries Strategic Plan

The Blue Ribbon Task Force convened in 2012 to develop a strategic plan to guide the West Florida Public Libraries through 2018. This document is the product of months of community conversations, focus groups, and meetings between the Task Force and residents of Escambia County, community leaders, library staff, the Friends of the West Florida Public Libraries, the Library Advisory Board, and the Library Governing Board. Sandy Newell, Library Consultant with the Bureau of Library Development of the State Library of Florida, graciously facilitated the process of translating the community’s vision into a functional plan. WFPL will use this plan and the six identified strategic goals as the basis for all other planning and activities for the next five years. An annual plan of action is submitted to the State Library each year and goals are prioritized based upon community needs. Successful accomplishment of these goals will also be dependent upon staffing levels and financial resources available to the Library.

Summary of Strategic Goals – 2013 – 2018

Lifelong Learning: Residents will find personal enrichment, be exposed to new ideas, and continue to learn throughout their lives.

Early Literacy: Children will have programs and services designed to give them experiences that will support them as they enter school ready to learn, read, write, and listen.

Reading, Viewing, and Listening for Pleasure: Residents will find the Library a vibrant community of readers, as we connect people to resources that stimulate the imagination.

Information Fluency: Residents will be empowered to improve their critical thinking skills and develop the skills they need to incorporate learning into their daily lives.

Civic Engagement: Residents will find the Library a civic focal point and resource for Escambia County’s communities.

Genealogy and Local History: Residents will build bridges between Escambia County’s past, present, and future.

Learn more about the vision and goals of the West Florida Public Libraries in the Strategic Plan for the West Florida Public Library System 2013-18  and the Annual Plans listed below. 

Approved and Adopted by the West Florida Public Libraries Board of Governance on November 16, 2015.