Mission, Vision, Values

Our Mission

The Amesbury Public Library, under the authority of its Board of Trustees, provides safe space for lifelong exploration and learning, public understanding, freedom of expression, and experiencing beauty and wonder through the best possible resources, facilities, and services for our community.

Our Vision

The Amesbury Public Library fosters connection in the community through learning, inclusivity, respect, responsible stewardship, kindness, and joy.

Core Values

Service (Kindness & Empathy)

We strive to provide the best possible service and to listen and respond to our community members' needs.


We believe all people have the capacity to create positive change in their own lives and in their communities. We will responsibly manage our facility and be environmentally minded.

Intellectual Freedom

We believe in free, equitable, and confidential access to information for all members of our community in service of a democratic society.


We understand the harm caused by systems of oppression and inequity. We seek to provide access to all and to dismantle barriers.


We recognize and honor diversity of opinion, experience, culture, race, gender, and language.


We strive to provide public spaces that are clean, safe, and well maintained.


We believe in sharing and celebrating joyful moments in our interactions and through our work.

Lifelong Discovery

We believe all people deserve access to tools, resources, and spaces that inspire curiosity and learning.