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Mission, Vision and Strategic Planning


The Library provides community members of all ages with convenient access to high quality resources and services to inform and enrich individual and community life.


The Library is the destination for information, enjoyment of reading, lifelong learning, and cultural enrichment for those who live, work and play in Carlsbad.

Strategic initiatives, 2013 2014 

Position the organization as an active leader in the areas of learning, cultural arts and the value and enjoyment of reading.

  • Develop outreach program for newborns and their families

Position the organization as an active partner with other agencies in the areas of education, economic development and public safety.

  • Partner with the city’s Community & Economic Development Department to support local businesses through an economic gardening program (helping grow existing companies in Carlsbad)

Offer convenient, personalized and responsive service.

  • Develop a fast-track innovations staff team to implement new and  improved services for the public

  • Implement eLearning (online learning opportunities) to support both the public and staff in their learning and professional development

Ensure safe, comfortable and inviting facilities.

  • Complete design and planning for re-carpet and redesign of Dove and Cole library facilities.

Ensure that information technology systems support community needs to create an optimal customer experience.

  • Begin upgrade of Integrated Library System, a one-stop-shop for the library’s extensive resources (books, eBooks and web-based services)

  • Evaluate and update computers,  tablets, and  mobile devices and their related programs to provide the most effective service

Update and improve staff tools, technology and internal processes to optimize use of staff resources.

  • Explore tools and software for managing the library's collection to maximize value to the community and prioritize resources to match patrons' needs

  • Evaluate communication efforts and outreach materials to ensure the most convenient and accessible communication to the public

  • Pursue technology solution for efficient scheduling of staff

  • Review and consolidate electronic records to ensure accurate retention

  • Investigate use of city’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data for planning service delivery and outreach

Diversify fiscal support sources.

  • Implement a sponsorship and partnership program

Contact Information

Dove Library
760-602-2049 main
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011
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Cole Library
760-434-2870 main
1250 Carlsbad Village Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Library Learning Center
760-931-4500 main
3368 Eureka Place
Carlsbad, CA 92008
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