Mission, vision, and values

Our vision

The University Libraries aspire to be partners in the scholarly and creative achievements of students, faculty, and staff, leaders in the academic library community, and contributors in the University’s efforts to become nationally known for academic excellence and positive community impacts.

Informed by values


We build meaningful, sustained connections with students, faculty, and the larger community in order to more deeply understand and more effectively respond to their needs. We bring enthusiasm and dedication to our work, and we give ourselves fully in service to our users.


We collaborate with other library staff in a collegial and respectful manner because we recognize that we can be more effective when we combine our strengths and work toward shared goals. We cultivate trust in each other, embrace the idea of disagreement with respect, value the contributions of all library staff, and strive to work together in a spirit of inquiry and openness.

Responsiveness to change

We respect standards and proven practices but recognize that technological, social, and professional changes will affect our operations. We stay abreast of recent developments and respond proactively to a changing world. Sometimes we are the change leaders.

Intellectual freedom

We embrace intellectual freedom as an essential element of learning, discovery, and engagement. We value the curiosity of all library users and provide services and resources to address all points of view.


We recognize that privacy is vital to free speech, free thought, and the free pursuit of learning and research, and that libraries carry a special responsibility to protect the activities of library users from unwanted scrutiny or observation.