Mission and Planning
Live Oak Public Libraries provides excellent, responsive service to enrich people’s lives,
support lifelong learning and build and enhance our communities.
Creating tomorrow’s library today to educate, inform, entertain and enrich our community.
We ensure that all users of Live Oak Public Libraries receive attentive, timely and courteous customer service.
We provide quick, convenient, accurate and non-judgmental responses to all requests.
We believe that users of our libraries should receive free and unrestricted access to library collections and services.
We are forward thinking, agile, dynamic and flexible.
We provide a supportive work environment and appreciate the contributions of each and every employee.
We are honest, accountable and good stewards of the public trust.
We are open to ideas for improving the libraries.
We encourage the joy of reading and learning each and every day.
Board of Trustees’ Values
We are advocates for the library and the communities we represent.
We respect each other’s ideas and commit ourselves to working for the library.
We value the trust and high regard of the community we serve.
We value the relationship between the board and the staff and strive for compatibility, respect and courtesy between board and staff.
We are fully committed to fulfill our responsibilities as Board members.
Live Oak Public Libraries consists of 18 branches and one bookmobile. Yearly, the library checks out over 1.9 million items, answers over 530,000 questions, registers over 670,000 computer sessions and presents library programs to over 50,000 in Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty counties.
Where we’ve been
History of Live Oak Public Libraries: The Savannah Public Library was established in 1903 in a room at the Georgia Historical Society and contained 23,000 volumes. The main library building on Bull Street was opened in 1916. In 1945, Effingham County Library joined Savannah Public Library to form The Chatham-Effingham Regional Library, and in 1956, the regional library expanded to include Liberty County, establishing The Chatham-Effingham-Liberty (CEL) Regional Library.
Where we’re going
Strategic Plan 2011