TCPL Strategic Plan 2022-25

In December 1901, Mrs. Ida Matthews was appointed as Tipton’s city librarian. She held a book shower that same month at which 237 books were donated along with $472 to purchase additional books. With books costing between $.30 and $6.00, the donations brought the total number of books to 777. They were stored in a glass case in the county superintendent’s office on the third floor of the courthouse. Tipton’s library officially opened on March 11, 1902. Forty years later in 1942, it became a countywide library.

Since its beginnings, the library has been a center of community life. This strategic plan continues that tradition by positioning the library as a valuable resource for Tipton County residents. Offering bold new programs and services, the library’s board of trustees hopes that you will enjoy using your community’s library through 2025 and beyond.

Community Needs

In March 2022, the TCPL Board of Trustees agreed to survey the community for their thoughts on  the priorities for library services  over the next few years. Throughout the month of April 2022, surveys were distributed to community members and groups via social media and paper versions. 

In May 2022, the board reviewed the results of the 106 surveys returned, and based on the feedback received, selected the following public library service responses developed by the Public Library Association.

Create Young Readers

Children from birth to five will have programs and services designed to ensure that they will enter school ready to learn to read, write, and listen.

Know Your Community

Residents will have a central source for information about the wide variety of programs, services, and activities provided by community agencies and organizations.

Make Career Choices

Adults and teens will have the skills and resources they need to identify career opportunities that suit their individual strengths and interests.

Visit a Comfortable Place

Residents will have safe and welcoming physical places to meet and interact with others or to sit quietly and read and will have open and accessible virtual spaces that support networking.


View the library’s current strategic plan.