Strategic Plan


The RPL Board of Trustees created a committee led by Emily Altman, with contributions by William Yates, Christine Peterson and Garrett Sawyer. Library staff prepared an initial Strategic Plan draft drawing from a survey of the Strategic Plans prepared by benchmarked library systems in the United States. Working cooperatively, Library staff and the Trustees committee created and fine-tuned multiple iterations of the Strategic Plan, until the version you see before you was finalized.

At all times, the needs of the residents of Richmond were front and center of our thoughts. The result is a five-year plan that responds to critical needs across the City, captures opportunities to do more and addresses the future in a deliberate and thoughtful way. Our vision is of a Library that is better, more accessible, stronger — the lifelong resource that all Richmonders deserve.