Our Mission, Vision and Values

Mission Statement

To enrich lives and communities through universal access to knowledge, lifelong learning, and literacy.


To develop strong library branches that are vital community destinations for knowledge, inspiration, innovation, and renewal.


Leadership & Innovation
Provide excellence in library services through open communication, teamwork and cooperation, respect and recognition, education and learning, and by incorporating innovative solutions in a quality library environment.
Stewardship & Accountability
We have been entrusted with public resources, and we optimize these resources through responsible and effective management and fiscal integrity.
Information & Literacy
We believe in the importance of informed and literate communities, and we provide services and programs to support lifelong learning.
Intellectual Freedom
We advocate for the right to freedom of expression and free exchange of information and ideas in a democratic society, within the laws of Canada. VIRL endorses the Canadian Federation of Library Association’s position statement on Intellectual Freedom and Libraries.
Collaboration & Partnerships
We foster collaboration and partnerships in our communities to promote lifelong learning and universal access to increase the Library’s capacity and diversity.
Tradition & Technology
We value the tradition of the library and the legacy of the printed word, and embrace the benefits that modern technology provides.