Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission: Empower. Enlighten. Embrace.

With serving the residents of Athens County as its continued focus, Athens County Public Libraries (ACPL) seeks to cultivate a positive, welcoming and lasting presence in the lives of its visitors and in the greater communities served by its seven branches. ACPL, made up of seven branches, are a vibrant and unified library system that puts both its values and evolving mission into action.

Vision and Values

ACPL believes that public libraries facilitate a vital role empowering individuals and communities to grow into the best versions of themselves. Whether through providing access to collections and information, adult and youth programming, technology training, or simply safe and pleasant spaces where multiple generations can gather, ACPL strives to welcome all patrons with respect and hospitality.

Athens County is appreciated for its natural beauty, rich history, and proven record of both creativity and resiliency among its residents. The partnerships between the libraries and area businesses, schools and organizations is crucial to our ongoing mission.

ACPL is also deeply committed to feeding curious minds and continued education; arts appreciation and professional/work skill development; diversity and sustainability; and healthy individuals and communities.