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PPL Mission, Vision and Values

Providence Public Library inspires Rhode Islanders to be lifelong learners by engaging their curiosity and offering access to extraordinary experiences, resources and ideas.

Engage. Learn. Thrive.

Our Vision for Our Impact

All Rhode Islanders are engaged, informed, enriched, and thriving. Libraries across our state are viewed as essential catalysts in increasing opportunities for all.  

Our Vision for Our Organization

PPL will….

  • CATALYZE the aspirations and dreams of our community
  • RESPOND to our community by engaging them in our decision making and creating innovative approaches to respond to changes and opportunities 
  • BE AN ACCESSIBLE, WELCOMING HUB of activity, offering innovative educational offerings and cultural experiences
  • CONNECT our community to information, knowledge, and resources...and each other 
  • PARTNER with organizations and systems across the state and be known for our collaborative culture
  • BE A JOYOUS SPACE for our community and our staff, who are supported with opportunities for continuous learning
  • DIVERSIFY and celebrate our engaged and committed staff, volunteers and Board of Trustees 
  • Be a FINANCIALLY SUSTAINABLE institution able to deliver on our mission for decades to come

PPL Values

Access

We believe in removing barriers to information and service access and creating spaces that are open to all, with a focus on those who traditional systems have failed to reach.

Agency

We believe all people can create positive change in their own lives through the power of connection and knowledge.

Equity

We believe inequities, specifically racial inequities, in our systems and society keep people from reaching their full potential.  To address these inequities, we incorporate a deep and holistic focus on diversity and racial equity in both our work and our workplace. 

Curiosity

We believe that inspiring curiosity sits at the foundation of nurturing learning and developing new skills.  We believe continuous, lifelong learning enriches people’s lives and increases opportunities. 

Extraordinary

We believe that enacting our mission requires us to provide welcoming, outstanding customer service, to bring bold new ideas to fruition, and to deeply listen and respond to community needs. 

Joy

We believe in sharing joy and happiness in all of our interactions. We love our work and share our positive energy.

Providence Public Library Seal

The Library’s official Seal embodies the organization’s enduring mission.