A mainstay of the local community, Muncie Public Library has a long history of providing enriching, education content in a friendly environment for our neighbors. In our continued efforts to advance our mission and continue serving our members and the community at large, MPL is happy to enjoy a beneficial relationship with our committed Board of Trustees and the organization Friends of MPL. They help to ensure that our contributions to the community lead to a better story for all.
Mission of the Library
The Muncie Public Library will provide accessible and innovative services responding to the reading, informational, educational, and enrichment needs of the community.
We value our ability to be proactive and responsive to community needs. We value organization effectiveness and efficiency. We value and support innovation and flexibility in planning and operation.We value our relationship with each other and the community and will treat everyone with respect and courtesy.
Vision of the Library
We envision a future where people get excited by ideas and utilize the resources of the Library to explore, discover, imagine, and create. We seek to be recognized for providing access to new technology, print resources, and educational opportunities. We commit ourselves to the community and will strive to provide leadership in solving the problems facing the community through a variety of strategies, including public conversation and town hall meeting events.
See our Long Range Plan that includes community needs and goals, assessments, and strategies for the coming years:
Here you'll find information about how we operate. The Operations Policies include: Circulation Policy, Collection Development, Donations, Photograph/Image, Website Privacy, and many more:
Kennedy Library Solar Carport: The solar carport project was funded, in part, by a Solar Uniting Neighbors (SUN) Energy Grant. The carport has a power capacity of 15 kilowatts and is an 80 PV solar panel carport. A report generated in September 2016 indicated total energy production for year to date was 18.15Mwh, total savings for the year to date was $2,000, and the Co2 emmissions saved for the year to date was equivalent to 252 trees being planted.
Elimination of Single-Use Plastic Bags: Muncie Public Library (MPL) makes a conscious effort to help keep our planet and our community clean and beautiful. We partnered with Muncie Sanitary District during World Environment Day 2017 to offer free reusable tote bags to the public to encourage the use of reusable bags for library materials and MPL stopped offering single-use plastic bags. Thanks to Muncie Sanitary District and to our wonderful customers who have embraced this change, we will be keeping 23,400 plastic bags out of landfills and rivers each year!
Mary Louise Buck
President: Billie Sheppard
Vice-President: Phil Boltz
Secretary: Traci Lutton
Treasurer: Beth Kroehler
Director: Akilah Nosakhere
House & Finance Committee:
Traci Lutton, Chair
Mary Louise Buck, Chair
Top: MPL 2021-2022 Board of Trustees & MPL administrators group photo, Front row: MPL Assistant Director Beth Kroehler, Mary Louise Buck, Royce Mitchell, Denise King, and MPL Library Director Akilah S. Nosakhere. Second row: Phil Boltz, Patrick Ferguson, Billie Sheppard, and Traci Lutton.
Bottom: Denise King (center) is sworn in as the newest MPL Board of Trustees member in August 2021 by Akilah S. Nosakhere and Beth Kroehler. King was appointed by the Delaware County Commissioners.
Visit the calendar to see Board of Trustees meetings and details.
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See our yearly reports that include a wide range of information about programs, services, and leadership of Muncie Public Library:
Join the Friends Today!
Membership dues and revenue from book sales make many Library programs and projects possible throughout the year, such as the children's Summer Reading Program, author visits, and more! Join the Friends now and consider helping with the Friends Book Sales.
Questions? Contact Beth Kroehler, MPL Library Assistant Director and Liaison to the Friends. Phone (765) 747-8202 or email [email protected]
The Friends Building is located at 1110 W. Memorial Drive, Muncie, IN 47302.
Friends of Muncie Public Library Board Members:
President: Susan Metcalfe
Vice President: Cinda Priddy
Secretary: Pat Bodden
Treasurer: Kristy Eiler
For updates on the Friends Book Sales, visit: https://www.munciepubliclibrary.org/friends-muncie-public-library
Want to become a member?
Download the membership form here and drop it off at any Library location or mail it to the address on the form. As a member of the Friends, you'll be invited to Friends-only events and have the first pick at the Friends book sale!
Friends Membership Dues:
$5 - Student
$15 - Individual
$25 - Family
$100 - Sustaining
$500 - Business/Industry
$1000 or more - Friend for Life