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Alameda County Library

We are in the process of developing a phased approach to reopening that ensures the health and safety of our communities and staff. In doing so, we are following the best available advice from our county, state, and national health officials as well as the American Library Association. We plan to share our reopening plan next month, and our website will be updated with the details of the plan. Read more

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Strategic Plan 2019-2024

AC Library's 2019-2024 Strategic Plan

In the fall of 2018, we invited people throughout Alameda County to share their hopes, dreams, and desires for their families, communities, and the future of our library.

To capture feedback, we:

  • Hosted ten Community Conversation Workshops at each of our ten libraries
  • Participated in community events to reach non-library members
  • Encouraged both library members and non-library members to take our Community Survey, which was available in English, Chinese, and Spanish

Thank you! Your feedback has shaped the heart of the library’s new five-year strategic plan and sets a new path forward for our library!

View the full Strategic Plan 

You Spoke, We Listened

You Spoke, We Listened

In response to your feedback, this is what we’ve done and are doing to improve in the areas where we scored the lowest.


You asked for a more user-friendly catalog.

We’re happy to announce that we have a new online library catalog that makes it easier to search, borrow, and find the titles you are looking for. It also offers some exciting features to connect with a community of readers online! You can post comments, rate books, create reading lists, and find reading recommendations from others.


You said that it’s difficult to print at our libraries.


We are working to create a new computer environment that will make printing easier at our libraries. We’ll be piloting a new printing system starting at San Lorenzo when libraries reopen and it will be available at all libraries in 2021.

What's Next?

New Visual Identity & Community Relations Plan 

Many of you said that the value of the library goes far beyond books. Your perceptions about the value of the library reflect the need for a new visual identity and community relations plan. We will be developing a new logo and marketing strategies that work in tandem to strengthen our identity and connections with the communities we serve and to reach families and communities who are unaware of the role we can play in their lives. Stay tuned to learn about how you can participate in shaping our new visual identity and community relations plan. 

New Mission & Vision

AC Library's New Mission & Vision 

Thanks to your feedback, we developed new mission and vision statements and four strategic areas of exploration. 


We Grow Learners, Break Barriers, Build Futures


Kind, Connected Humans

Strategic Areas of Exploration

Our Four Strategic Areas of Exploration 


Innovation and Cultivation

Innovation is the ability of humans to continuously create their desired future. Innovation is something innate to all people, it is about creation, and it is about cultivating a better future—however each person defines that. 


Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Equity is a recognition that not everyone has been afforded the same resources, and a commitment to work to remedy this fact. Authentic equality requires conscientious and intentional acts of equity, diversity and inclusion. At AC Library, we commit to honest conversations, and adapting and changing as individuals and as an organization.


Civic Participation 

Community is built on the connection between individuals, public institutions, and local organizations. Engaged and informed decision-making requires ongoing communication…and we need everyone’s voices. Widespread, active participation in civic life makes everyone safer and stronger.


Healthy Families, Healthy Homes 

Life successes are connected to healthy homes, family support, and kind, connected communities. The path to success starts in infancy and grows throughout a person’s life. Access to secure housing and food, early childhood education, and family literacy build the foundation for a healthy world.