Write the Library's Next Chapter!

For nearly 130 years, the Boise Public Library has been a valued community asset providing open access to knowledge, stories, and ideas for all Boiseans.

Strategic Planning Color EditedAs the Library continues to evolve with our community, we recognize that a lot has changed in the past few years. Our city is growing rapidly, and we are experiencing transformative changes like technology advances and a global pandemic that have altered the way we provide services in so many ways. These changes present an opportunity to create a Library of the future to serve Boiseans for years to come.

To write the Library’s next chapter, we are listening first. The Library has started a planning process to understand where to focus our efforts and how to strengthen the Library’s role in our community. Whether you use the Library or not, we want to hear how we can best serve you and your family and areas where the Library can make the biggest impact. You can help us answer important questions like:

  • Do our programs and services reflect our community’s needs and wants?
  • How can we create a welcoming environment for everyone?
  • Where can we make the biggest impact and set bold goals for the years ahead? 

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Get Involved

Share your thoughts and dreams with us in a variety of ways this summer. Sign up for the Library’s e-newsletter and follow us on social media for updates along the way.

Online Survey

Complete the online survey between now and mid-August.

Listening Sessions

Attend a listening session at one of our locations or online. Learn more about the sessions on our calendar. Registration is required for the online sessions, and registration is encouraged but not required for the in-person sessions.

Visioning Activities

Visit any Library location or find us at community events throughout the summer to participate in visioning activities.

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How long will this take?

The planning effort will take about a year. First, we’re focusing on community engagement, benchmarking with peer libraries, interviews with key stakeholders, and data collection and analysis. Then we’ll consider all the information collected and start to set responsive priorities for the Library.

Who’s leading this project?

This project is managed by Library and city staff with support from BERK Consulting who brings extensive experience helping libraries around the country plan for their futures.

What about new buildings or additional locations?

Right now we’re focusing on the programs and services our community relies on and how we might grow or reimagine them to keep up with our rapidly changing world using our current spaces. Facilities planning will be a future effort that will be informed, in part, by what we hear from you during this process.

Questions about this project? Email BPLStrategic@cityofboise.org.

Contact Us

Phone: (208) 972-8200
Renewal by Phone: (208) 972-8980
TTY: 1-800-377-3529
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Library Director:  Jessica Dorr

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