Mission, Vision and Values

Our Mission

The mission of Portsmouth Free Public Library is to serve as an essential resource that grows with our community, enhances the quality of life of our users, supports lifelong learning, and offers access to information in a variety of ways. We provide outstanding customer service and a welcoming environment for all.  The Library shall enthusiastically promote its functions in the community, provide full access to a broad variety of materials and information, including beyond the local collection, and function with efficiency and courtesy to provide a pleasant experience.

Our Vision

Our intention 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 young to learn to read and empowering others to evolve and thrive in all transitions of their lives.
We will build community connections – by connecting people as resources for each other, virtually and in person.
Our Values
  • We are committed to our patrons and our community.
  • We value integrity, inclusion, learning and fun.
  • We act with strength, compassion, respect and enthusiasm.