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Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The Minot Public Library connects, enriches, and inspires.

Vision Statement

The Minot Public Library will be the center of information and exploration for the community. The Library will be a leader in both traditional and state-of-the-art library services, be responsive to the diverse interests and needs of residents of all ages, and create productive partnerships within the Minot community and the region.

Goals

  • Provide excellent customer services with a competent, well trained, and motivated staff.
  • Respond to the interests and needs of adult patrons of the library.
  • Serve as a children's door to learning while promoting the enjoyment of reading.
  • Provide an environment for teen exploration and expression while continuing to promote the enjoyment of reading.
  • Make residents and organizations of the Minot community aware of the library's resources and services.
  • Continue to upgrade technology, electronic resources, and access to materials and information services.
  • Manage library resources and functions effectively to achieve the service goals within given financial limitations.
  • Provide a state-of-the-art facility through planning and funding.

Board of Trustees

Library Board

The Library Board of Trustees are:

  • Alan VanDelinder, President (term expires 2020)
  • Kari Kvigne, Vice President (term expires 2019)
  • Lisa Olson, Secretary (term expires 2019)
  • Ryan Ackerman (term expires 2019)
  • Christine Kramer (term expires 2018)
  • Janet Anderson (Library Director)

The Library Board of Trustees governs library operations. Board members must be residents of Minot and are appointed under authority of state statute to three-year terms. The Board meets on the third Thursday of every month at 4:15 PM in the Library's Conference Room. The meeting dates are subject to change by action of the Board. Please call 852-1045 to confirm the date.

Statement of Bylaws for the Minot Public Library Board

Fast Facts


HISTORY

The Minot Public Library opened on January 13, 1908 when two rooms were rented for $25.00 per month. In 1911, Andrew Carnegie donated $15,000 for the construction of the Library building. A new Library building was built in 1966 through a $450,000 bond issue and $135,000 in Federal funding. In 1987 the Library received $160,000 in donations for an expansion and remodeling project. When the Library building was expanded in 2000-2001, nearly $350,000 in donations made possible an additional 5,000 square feet of space. 

During these years, there were many changes in the services provided by the Library. The first city bookmobile service in the state was initiated in 1955 along with the collection development of phonograph records and framed prints. The Great Plains room (dedicated to North Dakota’s history) was created in 1970. Delivery services to the homebound and the large print collection were available in the 1970’s. The community Information and Referral office was introduced in 1974.  Enhancements to the collection, improvements to the facilities and existing services took place in the years following 1977. Additionally, an audiovisual collection for children was established. Some of the other services offered today by the library are interlibrary loans, internet access, wireless internet access, electronic resources, meeting rooms, computer classes for both adults and children, as well as many other children’s activities. 

STATISTICS

In 2015 The Minot Public Library had 22,196 library card holders and circulated 205,338 physical materials such as books, DVDs, CDs and more. In addition, 112,892 people came into the Library and of those 25,872 used library computers and more than 13,000 participated in Library programs for all ages. Also in 2015, the Minot Public Library’s digital resources (eBooks, research databases, online newspapers and more) were searched 268,917 times.

CITY ROLE

The Minot Public Library is a body politic incorporate established under the laws of the State of North Dakota and is a department of the City of Minot. The governing body of the Library is the Board of Trustees appointed by the Minot City Council. The Board has wide powers to govern, maintain and promote library service. The Board's responsibilities include selection and appointment of the Director; securing adequate funds for a progressive, expanding program; controlling library funds, property and equipment; and promoting library interests.

Funding for the Minot Public Library comes primarily from tax levy funds. Per North Dakota Century Code 40-38-02 Section 1 “The library fund shall consist of annually levying and causing to be collected as other taxes are collected a municipal or county tax.” In addition, the Minot Public Library will receive financial aid from the North Dakota State Library when eligible. The Library also has a partner organization called the Friends of the Library. The Friends group is made up of volunteers who help raise money for the Library and provide financial support for some programs and purchases.

The Library Director is appointed by the Library Board and is a Department Head for the City of Minot. The Library Director is supervised by both the Board and the City Manager and has the authority, delegated to him/her by the Library Board of Trustees, to administer and interpret the Library's personnel policy. He/She is responsible for hiring, determining classifications, setting work schedules and hours and dismissing employees. The Library Director is also responsible for preparing and presenting the annual budget and reporting all spending to the Library Board monthly. The Library Director oversees all capital projects and is responsible for the operation of the building.

The Minot Public Library is open to the public 68 hours a week with the exception of the weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day when the building is closed on Sundays. Within the Library, the use of all references and collections is free to all. There is no charge for library service to all residents of Minot and individuals who own property in Minot. Non‑residents of Minot who reside in the counties of Burke, Renville, Bottineau, McHenry, Pierce, Ward, Mountrail and McLean may secure service privileges at no charge. A library card can be acquired by applying in person at the library with acceptable photo identification and proof of address. 

Service to the community has always been the focus of the Minot Public Library because libraries level the playing field for people of any age who are seeking the information and access to technologies that will improve their quality of life. Libraries today focus on what they do for and with the community. The Minot Public Library is not only a place of quiet study, but is also a creative and engaging community center where people can collaborate using new technologies or just relax. The Minot Public Library is constantly evolving to meet the needs of the Minot community – the Library is constantly transforming and helping others to transform as well.

Strategic Plan