All are welcome. That phrase means more to the staff of Dakota County Library than just the beautiful poster we have hanging in many of our libraries. We welcome all customers to come to the library to meet with people, to read in a comfortable chair, to study and learn, to start a business, and to just be here. We strive to connect individuals to the information they need, with the opportunity to create and to their community.
Dakota County Library hit a milestone in 2017 with the completion of its first ever strategic plan. The new mission and vision statements guide the Library to be a partner in the cultural and economic development of the community. The identified goals will drive us to connect and be a positive force in our community.
1,746,785 visits were made to the Library in 2017. Some of the visits were made to borrow more than 4,500,000 items but others came to work, to study, to explore and discover and in each of those library visits people were connecting — to each other, to information or to the library space.
With more than 93,000 people attending the more than 2,400 programs offered last year, the Library continues to be a space for all ages. In 2017, the Library revamped its work directed toward early learning and helping children become ready for kindergarten. The many programs we presented for adults offered opportunities for empowerment, learning and connecting with others in their community. We expanded the opportunities for people of all ages to create and learn in our spaces. We strive to connect individuals to the information they need, the opportunity to create, and their community.
Dakota County Library Director
Read more about the Library's 2017 accomplishments in our Annual Report.