Partnering for Stronger Programming:
A Toolkit for Libraries

Why work with a partner? Because together, we make a greater impact!

Consider the big-picture goals of library programming — helping to create communities that are connected, knowledgeable, creative, civically engaged, healthy, economically vital, welcoming, joyful and caring (or all of the above!). How can libraries reach these goals and add value to their work through partnerships?

Partnering for Stronger Programming: A Toolkit for Libraries provides five tools for library workers with actionable steps to help partnerships grow sustainably, meet goals, expand organizational capacity, thoughtfully engage with partner audiences, and more. The five different tools can be used individually or in combination.

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Tool 1: Determining Goals: Why Do We Work Together?

Tool 2: What Work Can We Do Together?

Tool 3: What Do We Each Bring to the Table?

Tool 4: How Do We Work Together?

Tool 5: What Does a Successful Partnership Look Like?

Training Videos


We hope to feature comments from library workers who have used the toolkit. Please email your comments and feedback to

Toolkit Resource List

The following resources can be used to supplement the toolkit: