Gaston County Public Library

Library Profile

Library Profile

Vision Statement:   A versatile community center, open to all, that evolves with changing technology and social trends to empower lifelong growth, learning, and education.

Mission Statement: Meeting individual and community needs through information, education, engagement, and enrichment.

Values:  To realize our vision and fulfill our mission, the following ideals direct us in our service to Gaston County and interactions with one another:

  1. Quality of service Respectful, polite, and consistently relevant, effective, efficient, and professional.
  2. Communication  Clear, concise, collaborative, and ongoing.
  3. Comfortable, Welcoming Environment A place for relaxation and entertainment that is welcoming to all.
  4. Adaptability  Agile and responsive while making resources and services available to all
  5. Trust  Dependable, reliable, and always there to help you find what you are looking for.
  6. Empathy  Understanding, recognition, and honoring of a diversity of experience and perspective.

 

For the complete GCPL Strategic Plan please click here.


The Gaston County Public Library operates ten facilities including the Main Library in Gastonia and branches:  Belmont, Bessemer City, Cherryville, Dallas, Gastonia -Ferguson Branch (Erwin Center), Lowell, Mt. Holly, Stanley, and Union Road. 

The Gaston County Public Library delivers services via three program areas:

Administrative & Technical Services - Acquires, catalogs, processes, and distributes library materials for/to all Gaston County library service outlets.  Staff provides technical support for the library’s automation system  and advisory and resource assistance to public service staff.  Administration manages the Library budget, personnel, and day-to-day library business operations, determines system wide library service direction, and establishes service policies and procedures.

Main Library Services - Provides direct assistance to the public in-house, by telephone, FAX, e-mail, and the Library’s website via three service points:   Children's, Circulation, and Reference.   Responsibilities include registering borrowers, processing loans and returns, answering reference and information requests, planning and conducting library activity programs, and assisting in-house users with library materials and equipment.

Branch Library Services - Facilitate the delivery of library materials and services to citizens throughout the County.  Staff  provide direct assistance to library users: registering borrowers, processing loans and returns, answering reference and information requests, planning and conducting library activity programs, and assisting in-house users with library materials and equipment.

 

Resources available through the Gaston County Public Library include:

 

  • AUDIOBOOKS, CDs, DVDS
  • CAREER GUIDES
  • GENEALOGY & LOCAL HISTORY
  • INTERLIBRARY LOANS
  • LARGE PRINT BOOKS
  • MEETING ROOMS
  • NEWSPAPERS
  • PUBLIC-ACCESS COMPUTERS
  • VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS
  • BESTSELLERS
  • FAX SERVICE
  •  INFORMATION SERVICES - IN-LIBRARY & TELEPHONE
  • JOB-SEARCH CENTER
  • MAGAZINES & PERIODICALS
  • ONLINE DATABASES
  • PHOTOCOPY SERVICE
  • SPANISH LANGUAGE MATERIALS
  • TAX FORMS

 

Library-sponsored and co-sponsored educational and cultural activities include offerings for young people and adults:

 

  • AUTHOR VISITS
  • COMMUNITY EXHIBITS & DISPLAYS
  • LIBRARY TOURS
  • PERFORMING ARTISTS
  • SUMMER READING PROGRAM
  • BOOK TALKS
  • LECTURES
  • STORYHOURS