Strategic Plan Progress Report

Saskatoon Public Library aspires to be a library system capable of meeting and anticipating the needs of everyone in our growing and diverse city. Our 2016-2021 Strategic Plan sets forth an exciting and ambitious vision of growth, modernization, and cultural progress. In 2017, with your help, we moved closer to making this dream come true!

Our vision is to change lives through community connections, engagement, and inclusivity.


Here’s some of the progress we made toward achieving our goals in 2017:

Inspiring learning, discovery and creation for all Saskatonians through access to information, tools, technology and support services designed to help people develop literacies.

  • Nearly 1,000 inquiring minds competed in the 1st annual KNOWlympics all-ages summer learning challenge.
  • Upgraded public computers to Chromeboxes and added more public computers.
  • Upgraded public areas at Frances Morrison with access to powered workstations and laptop bars.
  • 4,400 patrons participated in science and technology programs and activities.
  • Upgraded WiFi speed at all SPL locations to 100 Mbps. That’s fast!
  • Worked with 90 amazing community partners who helped support our programming.
  • Made 10 Google Chromebooks available for use at both Round Prairie and J.S. Wood Branches.


Honouring Indigenous perspectives and advocating for reconciliation with sustained, strategic and deliberate actions to promote healing and understanding in the community.

  • The Board adopted the CFLA Recommendations for Libraries in response to the Truth & Reconciliation Committee’s calls to action.
  • SPL renamed the Library on 20th Street Branch after Freda Ahenakew, one of Canada’s most active advocates for both education and the preservation and revitalization of the Cree language. Hundreds attended the renaming ceremony for the Dr. Freda Ahenakew Branch.
  • SPL is an active member of Reconciliation Saskatoon, which has now grown to over 70 community organizations. Over 5,000 people participated in the Walk for Reconciliation on June 21, 2017.
  • Nearly 1,000 people accepted our community challenge to Read for Reconciliation.
  • 1,672 people attended Aboriginal Storytelling Month programs honouring Indigenous language, culture, and history.


Connecting with our community by engaging in conversations and collaborative initiatives that create opportunities for growth, learning and enjoyment.

  • Announced SPL’s adoption of the Community-Led Service Model.
  • Launched a new patron-friendly events module on our website.
  • Support workers from SIIT’s social work program are assisting patrons at Frances Morrison Central Library.
  • Mayfair & Freda Ahenakew Branches began operating with extended hours.
  • Employees began Prepare Training®.
  • Improved accessibility at Frances Morrison Central Library by installing automatic doors in Fine Arts and removing furniture that blocked access.


Modernizing to become a more dynamic, agile and responsive organization where future directions are informed by community consultations.

  • J.S. Wood Branch got the makeover treatment and reopened in June with fresh new flooring, windows, bookshelves, furniture, lighting, and paint.
  • Launched a new internal intranet.
  • Redesigned our employee onboarding and training program.
  • New and modern organizational structure and job descriptions were developed.
  • We began working on the business case for the New Central Library.
  • SPL received a prestigious John Cotton Dana international award for excellence in library public relations with a USD 10,000 prize.
  • SPL received two accolades at the 2017 Elevator Awards: Honourable Mention for the Strategic Plan and an Award of Merit for the 2016 Report to Our Community. The Elevator Awards were developed to highlight design and advertising excellence in Saskatchewan.