North Central Regional Library launches three-year strategic plan

Central Regional Library (NCRL) system will soon have a new name as part of a three-year strategic plan that will address the future of library service in North Central Washington. The NCRL’s new name will be North Central Washington Libraries (NCWL) according to a media release from NCRL Communications Manager Michelle McNeil.

Many people don’t know that our library system includes 30 libraries across all five counties of North Central Washington,” said Project Manager Kim Neher. “This name change is one small part of a much bigger plan to help people connect with the library and the resources we provide.”

Among key goals in the strategic plan are:
• A facilities assessment of each of the network’s 30 libraries. NCRL libraries and bookmobiles logged more than one million visits last year. Some of the libraries have accessibility issues or need upgrades to meet the needs of staff and the public.
•  Develop a bilingual-bicultural advisory committee to better serve the approximate one-quarter Spanish-speaking members of the NCW population.
• Design individualized plans for each library to help staff build community partnerships, better access to resources, and programs and services unique to their communities.

“The plan approved by the library district’s board of trustees identifies five strategic directions, ten objectives, and 25 goals that will guide the work of the library system over the next three years,” McNeil said.

“This is critical work, and it will continue long after this plan ends,” said NCRL Executive Director Barbara Walters.

“Our long-term goal, which we are beginning here, is nothing less than to be a library system that evolves alongside the communities we serve.”

NCRL has also adopted new mission and vision statements.

To learn more about NCRL and its programs call 800-426-READ, visit online, or email

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