What do you see when you think about the future of Toledo and Lucas County? At the Library, we think emerging community investments, opportunities, and national recognition are changing the trajectory of our region. With our incomparable staff and resources, the Library is positioned to fuel this positive momentum. We’re proud to be part of this region of makers, doers, and dreamers and invite you to join us in driving our strategic priorities to create a bright future for the community.
HELP CHILDREN LEARN TO READ. (BIRTH – THIRD GRADE) Have a measurable impact on the individual lives of children (birth through third grade) via Library tutoring, reading, and teacher-outreach programs in direct support of increasing the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment rate and the passing rate of Third Grade Reading Guarantee.
HELP STUDENTS SUCCEED. (THIRD – TWELFTH GRADE) Provide pathways to success in the individual lives of students and young adults through participation in Library afterschool programs, strategic partnerships, and mentorship opportunities.
HELP ADULTS EXPAND THEIR HORIZONS WITHIN OUR AREAS OF EXPERTISE. Ensure ninety percent of Lucas County residents have an active Library card.
PROVIDE TECHNOLOGY ACCESS. Ensure every person in Lucas County has access to a computer and WiFi when they need it.
PROVIDE TECHNOLOGY SKILLS DEVELOPMENT. Ensure every customer can go to any Library location, at any time, to meet and/or expand their technology skills.
SERVE AS THE GO-TO COMMUNITY CONNECTION AND HUB. Position the Library as the institution where community members turn when they want to engage one another or connect with vital community resources.
The BIG IDEA is TLCPL’s action plan to build, improve and grow in the areas of inclusion, diversity, equity and access. An important part of this work is providing our community with resources and materials that inform, challenge, and inspire people to learn more about our shared human experience.
Statement on Race and Social Equity: Toledo Lucas County Public Library is proud to join more than 215 public libraries to sign the Urban Library Council Statement on Race and Social Equity. This statement serves as a baseline upon which libraries can build policies and actions that make their communities more inclusive and just.
Edge 360 Digital Equity and Anti-Racism: Toledo Lucas County Public Library (TLCPL) is a cohort member of Edge 360 program that benchmarks digital equity and anti-racism nationally across the library field utilizing local community data. In 2022, TLCPL performed on average 18% higher in the area of Anti-Racism leadership and organizational management with program offerings significantly outperforming Library peer organizations by 37%.