Purpose and goals

Statement of library purpose

Burnaby Public Library provides access to a rich array of the world’s stories, ideas and information. Our vision is a vibrant community where all people are informed, literate and entertained.

Library values

All of Burnaby Public Library’s actions and decisions are grounded in a set of shared values:

Intellectual freedom

The library encourages the free exchange of information and ideas in a democratic society.


The library is a valuable community resource and a public place where everyone is welcome. The library is committed to working in partnership with community groups and organizations.


The library is future focused, looking beyond where it is at today and anticipating the future.

Stewardship and accountability

The library is accountable to its patrons and funders, and practices effective stewardship of library resources. The library’s decision-making processes are open and transparent to the community.