The mission of the Memorial and Library Association is to strengthen community and enrich lives by stimulating intellect and sparking imagination through access to literature, information, technology, nature, and the arts.
Westerly Library and Wilcox Park strives to be a premier intellectual, cultural, and botanical asset for the region.
- Stewardship - Preserve the library and park to ensure relevance in the future with respect to our rich past.
- Equitable Access - Provide resources, technology, information, and facilities to all people regardless of race, sexuality, gender expression, ability, spirituality, or age.
- Respect - Honoring diversity, individual perspectives, and the right to privacy and confidentiality.
- Collaboration - Promote and facilitate cooperation and intellectual engagement
- Enrichment - Bring meaningful fulfillment through programs, resources, innovation, and nature.
Westerly Library and Wilcox Park offer a variety of programs that promote the enjoyment of reading and provide information for the community in keeping with our mission. We strive to meet the needs of our users today and anticipate future needs. Our 2019-2022 Strategic Plan will guide us into the future and assist in meeting those needs.
It is our policy to provide an accessible place for cultural and educational activities. It is our policy to affirm First Amendment rights of individuals and groups to express and hear all points of view, in line with the American Library Association Code of Ethics, II: "We uphold the principles of intellectual freedom and resist all efforts to censor library resources."
The library's decision to co-sponsor programs is based upon quality, space availability, and community interest, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of those making the request. (ALA Library Bill of Rights VI) All library-sponsored or co-sponsored programs are open to the public, handicapped accessible, and free of charge.
Organizations wishing to hold closed meetings must complete application forms and pay rental fees. Click here for our Facility Use Form, Guidelines, Fees and more information.
Public programs may include but are not limited to: book discussions and lectures, concerts in the park and library, story times and crafts for children, movies, and workshops for all ages in writing, chess, horticulture, the arts, theater, various technologies, and movies.
In order to provide equal access to all our users, we ask that they follow our basic library rules and policies.
In an ongoing effort to support the needs of our community we occasionally perform public surveys. We utilize QuestionPro to assist in our analysis.
QuestionPro supports sample survey questions such as multiple choice, drop-down menu, likert-scale, semantic differential, matrix, constant sum, drag-and-drop, slider-scale, net-promoter scale, and many more question types.