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Mission, Vision & Values

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KU Libraries will be a strategic institutional asset that develops and delivers new methods of creating and supporting knowledge resources. We will enrich teaching and learning and fuel research at KU and worldwide.


KU Libraries advance discovery, innovation and learning for KU, for the state of Kansas and for a rapidly expanding community of world scholars. We equip our students for a knowledge-driven, global society, and we support research and scholarly communication through collaborative opportunities at KU and beyond.


  • Leadership: We bring a unique perspective and vision from the heart of the scholarly enterprise as expert partners and as scholars in librarianship.
  • Accountability: We create measurable positive outcomes for our stakeholders.
  • Communication: We foster transparent dialogue in our organization and among our partners and those we serve.
  • Agility: We anticipate and respond to user needs.
  • Collaboration: We respect the knowledge and skills of others as we bring together the best minds to pursue creative endeavors.
  • Service: We strive to provide the very best ideas, people, facilities and technologies.
  • Innovation: We employ creative solutions to address our users' needs.
  • Diversity: We seek a diverse workforce and encourage all ideas and perspectives.

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Christy McWard
Director of Communications & Advancement

1.5 million visits a year at 7 library locations
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection
—American Library Association
KU ScholarWorks offers access to more than 13,000 items created by KU faculty and students
An international leader in the open access movement
Users check out nearly 300,000 items every year
Users access more than 3.3 million articles online each year
More than 111,000 scores, books, sound recordings, and other volumes in Music & Dance Library
Anschutz Library serves as KU’s 24-hour study facility for students
More than 700 Vosper Society members support the mission of KU Libraries
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
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