The Libraries saves time and increases productivity by providing fast, authoritative access to and delivery of global information resources. We play a critical role in advancing research, discovery, scholarship and medical care through creation, dissemination, transformation and exchange of new and existing knowledge. We partner with faculty and students to surface and make accessible the exceptional work accomplished at the University of Washington.
The Libraries equips students with the skills needed to be successful researchers, scholars and informed citizens in a highly complex and information-rich world through our extensive and varied teaching activities. We are a leader and essential partner with faculty and instructors in the development and delivery of effective instructional services that integrate learning technology and information skills within University curricula, clinical services and other related programs.
The Libraries plays a unique role in the University and extended communities as a trusted, service-driven organization that transcends disciplinary and administrative boundaries. Our virtual and public spaces serve as a research, learning, and discovery commons designed to encourage inquiry, span subjects and formats, and provide authoritative resources and services when and where they’re needed. We engage and transform communities and intellectual life by connecting people with knowledge and with each other. Our collaborations and leadership extend the University community regionally and globally.
The Libraries’ expertise in the selection, management, use and sustainability of information resources plays an essential role in advancing the University of Washington as a great global university, now and in the future. As stewards of the scholarly record we develop and apply a suite of emerging technologies and effective services that contribute to the effective use and preservation of knowledge. We recognize that the unprecedented technological, demographic, and economic challenges we face demand transformational changes in the way library services are provided and institutionally funded. We will continue to establish strategic priorities based on ongoing assessment of user and institutional needs, use resources efficiently to provide excellent services and collections, measure the effectiveness of our efforts, and use those results for continuous improvement.