Statement of Philosophy

The Policy Manual of the Wichita Public Library contains the general policies of the Library with regard to the following:

  1. The mission of the Library and the responsibilities of the Library Board of Directors as well as the divisions of the Library;
  2. The basic principles of materials selection, accessibility to materials, and confidentiality of customers’ records;
  3. Available services and the policies for the use of these services;
  4. The rights and responsibilities of customers and staff; and
  5. Fee schedules related to Library services.

The Library Board of Directors establishes policy. Recommendations for policy may come from the Director of Libraries or from staff, but it is the responsibility of the governing board to officially determine and adopt policies.

The Policy Manual of the Wichita Public Library will be updated on a continual basis and reviewed in its entirety each year by the Library Board.


Mission Statement

Connect. Discover. Learn. Thrive


Vision Statement

Inclusive. Responsive. Collaborative. Your library makes your community limitless.


Values Statement

Trust and Service are City of Wichita values that influence our interactions and decisions. We recognize that Wichita Public Library, as a social institution, has a duty to advance equity through library services to ensure all residents experience a sense of belonging. To support this work, we are guided by the following values:

Community: We embrace our role as a community builder. Our services evolve to meet the needs of our residents.

Diversity: We respect, reflect and value differences. Our services are inclusive and actively affirm the varied needs and interests of everyone.

Opportunity: We support curiosity, exploration, and learning for all individuals. We actively seek opportunities for our staff and community to learn, grow and thrive.


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