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Libraries provide an invaluable service to the communities they serve. While all libraries are unique, they all share a few core principles that guide their service. These core principles form the foundation that makes libraries a public good.

  1. Libraries provide equal access to information for people of all ages and backgrounds.
  2. Libraries promote lifelong learning and literacy.
  3. Libraries preserve our culture and history for future generations.
  • Libraries bring people and ideas together. Think of the library as the living room of your community.
  • Libraries are unique. Where else can you have access to nearly anything on CD, DVD, the Web or in print – as well as personal service and assistance in finding it?
    • In a world where knowledge is power, libraries make everyone more powerful.
  • Libraries don’t just offer the hardware, but also offer the expertise of librarians in helping teach people how to use the Internet and find the information they need quickly.  While Google can give you 50,000 responses to your inquiry, your librarian can help you find the one answer you need.
  • Libraries are part of the American Dream. They offer free access to all. They bring opportunity to all.
  • Libraries and librarians provide free and equal access to information for people of all ages and backgrounds – in schools, on college and university campuses and in communities large and small.
    • Libraries are for everyone, everywhere.