Core Values


Core Values

We have it, see it, cultivate it and celebrate it.

Building memories, bridging gaps and learning new things; this is a wondrous place to be.

We’re embracing all by bestowing deep respect upon everyone with whom we cross paths.

So we choose them wisely, using kindness to build each other up.

As Alexander Pope said, “To err is human; to forgive, divine.” We are not perfect people, but we aim to be accountable, gracious and humble ones.

Here, we come together to build a rock-solid team that achieves far more collectively than we ever could alone.


Arapahoe Libraries serves more than 250,000 people at eight library locations and a library within the Arapahoe County detention center. We bring the library to the community through daycare, school and business visits and even have a Library on Wheels that visits apartment buildings, assisted living centers, area businesses, schools and local events.

Our Vision

A literate, informed and fulfilled community. 

Our Values

We focus on our customers and anticipate their needs.
We value integrity, inclusion, learning and fun.
We act with courage, respect, empathy and passion.

Our Mission

We are dedicated to being the best public library for the communities we serve by providing outstanding and personalized service to everyone seeking access to the world of information and ideas.

Our WHY Statement

We believe we can turn every search for knowledge into a helpful adventure.

Our Objectives

Our goal is to transform lives by meeting the shared and individual needs of our community through two core objectives: 

  • We will increase literacy empowerment by preparing our youngest to learn to read and helping others learn to thrive in difficult times.
  • We will build community connections by connecting people as resources for each other, virtually and in person.
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