Mission Statement, Vision Statement, & Core Values

New Orleans Public Library: Transforming Lives, Enriching Neighborhoods, and Preserving History

New Orleans Public Library is a catalyst for change in a growing, connected, and vibrant city.


  • ACCESS - We provide pathways to information and tools for empowerment.

  • ACCOUNTABILITY - We are all responsible for and take pride in our work.

  • CUSTOMER SERVICE - We provide an excellent library user experience to all. We embrace training opportunities and library user feedback.

  • INNOVATION - We seek out and embrace new ideas. We encourage better solutions and creativity.

  • INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM - We encourage the right of every individual to seek and receive information from all points of view.

  • PARTNERSHIPS - We actively seek out ways to work with members of the community and other organizations. We can all do more if we do it together.

  • PRESERVATION - We preserve and celebrate the rich and diverse culture of New Orleans.

  • RESPECT AND COMPASSION - We approach our work with open ears, open minds, and open hearts.

  • TEAMWORK - We value our individual and collective talents and work together to achieve solutions. We trust and respect each other.

Core Values Video: Several library staff members share their thoughts on the Library's Core Values.