A new library building is not an end in itself.
The true purpose of your library is to provide programs and services that will meet identified community needs.
All libraries have Four Resources in common:
This photo accompanies an article from the BBC about the Birmingham Libraries reporting that they are not able to afford to buy new books for their new library.
A library is the sum total of its programs and services. Planning for the future of your library is about identifying your community's needs and assuring that resources are in place to fulfill those needs.
These Four Resources are marshaled throughout the planning process to ensure that you can deliver these services efficiently and cost effectively.
The Resources are not an end in themselves. If the cost of one or more of these resources prohibits your library from acquiring any of the other resources, it is an indication of short sighted or ill conceived planning.
If you don't plan well for instance ... you won't be able to buy new books.
Shortsighted ineffective planning can lead to temporary or permanent disaster.