Anne Arundel County Public Library Mission and Core Values

Antiracism/Equity Statement

Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) expands life’s possibilities by sharing resources for knowledge, entertainment and community engagement. We provide discovery tools and innovative spaces to expand minds and create learning opportunities from early childhood through adulthood.

Through our comprehensive offering of educational programs, services and helpful staff, AACPL is working to fulfill its mission to educate, to enrich and to inspire all members of the community.

AACPL’s core values serve as the principles that guide our daily work and help us to plan the Library’s operations, functions and service to our customers.  These values include:

  • Commitment:  We work with passion and resilience, dedicated to our personal best.
  • Compassion:  We are empathetic, patient and kind.
  • Diversity:  We celebrate the variety of backgrounds and experiences in our community and staff, treating everyone with respect.
  • Empowerment:  We foster a community of learning and growth for people of all ages.
  • Informed decision-making:  We listen and are responsive to our community and staff.
  • Innovation:  We encourage creativity, exploration and a sense of adventure.
  • Integrity:  We are honest, transparent and accountable.
  • Teamwork:  We work together in a spirit of cooperation.

The Library offers an extensive collection of around one million items, including traditional print books, DVDs, CDs and Audiobooks as well as increasingly popular eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines. Valuable web-based Premium Resources, bring dozens of reliable and authoritative databases to library customers both in our branches and at home- all free of charge.

From providing weekly Every Child Ready to Read classes at all 16 branches to bridging the summer learning gap through the long-standing Summer programs and providing online homework assistance and virtual library cards to all public school students, the Library is a key partner in the county’s primary and secondary education efforts.

AACPL also offers skills training, job search guidance and the access to computers and high speed internet to ensure that all county residents have the necessary tools to be successful in higher education, in a career and as a lifelong learner. The Library is proud to showcase the latest technology to customers through 3D printing services, virtual reality events and regular STEM programs.

The Library provides an outlet for enrichment and entertainment through literature, music and film, as well as in-branch programming for nearly every age and interest. Book Clubs, Storytimes, genealogy workshops, concerts, family game nights and holiday celebrations are just a sampling of the offerings available throughout the 16 public libraries in Anne Arundel County. AACPL also makes many of its programs, materials and services accessible to the homebound and/or physically handicapped.

In addition, Library buildings serve as community gathering places and meeting sites for groups, organizations and county agencies. Library facilities also provide safe havens for youth and the elderly and can assist residents in extreme weather – as cooling centers, places of protection from the cold or providers of electricity and connectivity during electrical outages.

The Anne Arundel County Public Library is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees representing all areas of our county. AACPL is a significant employer in the county, providing part- or full-time work for more than 300 individuals. The bulk of the funding for the Library comes from Anne Arundel County, with contributions from the state, grants and self-generated funds. Nearly half of all County residents are active AACPL cardholders, making the Anne Arundel County Public Library a wise and worthwhile investment of County tax dollars.