Pierce County Library is a service organization created to provide all types of library materials and services for the people. It was established to serve unincorporated areas and the incorporated areas which contract with the library. It is one of the places which allows an individual to pursue his own interests, support his search for enlightenment, and stimulate his imagination, all on an unstructured basis and without bias. To sustain this philosophy, the library endorses the Library Bill of Rights, the Freedom to Read Statement, and the Free Access to Libraries for Minors Statement. Additionally, Pierce County Library responds to its role as a community information center by cooperating with community groups and organizations to achieve common goals and to ensure that the materials collections and services reflect community needs.
The library serves sparsely populated rural areas with concentrations of population in suburban communities. With the goal of providing equitable service for all communities in the county, the best utilization of money and resources is achieved by sharing materials, administrative policies, and professional capabilities. Pierce County Library employs a systems approach with all resources available to each community through procedures established at the administrative center.
Fundamental to the operation of Pierce County Library is the emphasis on the extension of service and materials to the people by conventional and innovative methods. Recognizing the inability of any one library to provide a complete service, Pierce County Library endorses cooperative use of resources among all libraries. The existence in the area of other materials collections and services frees Pierce County Library from the needs to make directly available highly specialized services or those which primarily support curriculum needs.
Board Policy 1.1
Adopted by the Pierce County Rural Library District Board of Trustees, July 17, 1974.
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