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Mission Statement and Values

HPL logo with graphic montage of text - discover, connect, respect, create etcMission Statement

Freedom to Discover


Intellectual Freedom

Provide equitable access to and support for knowledge and creativity.


Support inclusion by creating trusted services and spaces that welcome everyone.


Anticipate and respond to changing needs and technology.


Support the value and dignity of all individuals.


Ensure that library services remain relevant and vital and that resources are managed effectively and ethically.


Truth and Reconciliation Land Acknowledgement
The City of Hamilton is situated upon the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas. This land is covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, which was an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabek to share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. We further acknowledge that this land is covered by the Between the Lakes Purchase, 1792, between the Crown and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Today, the City of Hamilton is home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island (North America) and we recognize that we must do more to learn about the rich history of this land, so that we can better understand our roles as residents, neighbours, partners and caretakers.