Mission Statement

The mission of the Peach Public Libraries is to improve and enhance the educational, cultural and recreational life of the community. Knowledge cannot be wrapped and delivered. A program of lifelong learning must be maintained to avoid obsolescence in one's thinking. There is nothing more vital to the future of our city, state, or country than utilizing its brain power. Continuing education is our best hope of developing it, and the Library is the center of informal self-education.

The Peach Public Libraries Board of Trustees believes that it is under mandate by the community to promote knowledge, understanding, and wisdom, and to combat ignorance, intolerance, and indifference by making available to every child, young person, and adult in Peach County the best possible resources, personnel, and facilities requisite for modern library services.

The Peach Public Libraries Board of Trustees believes that these ideals of public service can best be accomplished by the imaginative and creative implementation of a policy directed toward the procurement of :

First, a wide systematically organized, and readily available collection of expertly selected books and other appropriate materials which will provide accurate information, discussion of significant ideas, and inspiration of literary art for all citizens;

Second, a library staff dedicated to the ideals of the library profession and its service to the public, professionally trained, efficient, progressive, and capable of providing the best possible collection of books and other materials, and accurate records thereof, as well as expert guidance and assistance in their use; and,

Third, adequate facilities for the housing, processing, circulation, and use of its collection - facilities which will be sufficiently spacious and enlarged as necessary, efficiently and totally utilized, and attractive both to the public and the staff.

The Board recognizes the necessity of the integration of the public library into the total community structure and of its generous cooperation with other agencies and organizations working for the public welfare. Finally, the Board affirms the importance of the preservation of the highest ethical standards in all relationships between the Board and the Library administration, between the administration and the staff, among staff members themselves, and, above all, between any of the aforementioned and the public.

To achieve this, the Peach Public Libraries' Board of Trustees' goal to make available for all citizens of Peach County basic and specialized public library services. These services include collection of books, audio-visual materials, electronic services and a workforce of trained librarians and staff.

To maximize the effectiveness in providing public library services, the Board of Trustees' strategy is to identify and target two (2) basic library services and four (4) specialized areas of library services.

Basic Library Services

  • Popular Material Library
  • Preschoolers Door to Learning

Specialized Library Services

  • Reference Library
  • Community Activity and Information Center
  • Independent Learning and Formal Education Center
  • Research, Genealogy and Local History Center

General Objectives:

The Peach Public Libraries acquires, organizes, maintains, utilizes, and disseminates informational materials germane to the current and future interests and needs of all residents of Peach County. To provide services and material on an equal and free basis to all county residents. To eliminate and prevent barriers between the public and the library. To employ every means and method towards serving a greater and expanding percentage of the total county population within its diverse elements. To involve citizens in the planning and evaluation of the library's program.

Specific Goals:

  • To expand resources with a greater emphasis on contemporary media.
  • To extend adequate services to every person who asks for help.
  • To create an environment inviting to patrons of all ages and all social groups.
  • To integrate library service and staff activity with community life.
  • To provide the opportunity and encouragement for employees to grow professionally and personally.
  • To be aware of various developments in educational attitudes which affect the general public's expectations of libraries.
  • To encourage young children to develop an interest in reading and learning through services to children; and for parents and children together.
  • To support diligently the thesis that access to any and all information is a right of the people.