Our vision is a caring, curious and connected community. Our mission is to create inclusive spaces where people can gather, learn and play.

The BPL Board developed a new strategic plan in 2023, using a collaborative process that involved a combination of in-person meetings, online surveys with both board members and staff, as well as a public online survey. We also engaged with patrons in library branches and in Burnaby parks to ask the community: “What does being connected mean to you?”

The process included conversations with leaders from key community organizations and dialogues with various community groups, including the Nikkei Centre, Provincial Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, Library Champions, and residents of BC Housing facilities.

The result is a strategic plan that includes bold commitments to serve communities in their preferred language, increase information literacy and civic engagement, and celebrate Burnaby’s diverse communities in BPL spaces. BPL staff and trustees reaffirmed longstanding values such as integrity, intellectual freedom, and community but also committed to new values of creativity and joy; equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility; as well as Reconciliation, Indigenization, and decolonization.

BPL Strat Plan 2024 2027 Burnaby Public Library 4-Year Plan 2024-2027