Vision, Mission, and Goals


The University Libraries are a strategic asset for the University, providing intellectual leadership and extraordinary information experiences toward the advancement of knowledge.


The University Libraries inspire learning and discovery through information resources, collaboration, and expertise.

Strategic Directions for 2011-2013

Over the course of the 2009-2010 academic year, the Libraries engaged in a planning process that began with the identification of strategic themes. Internationally recognized experts were then invited to consult in these areas and to engage the organization broadly through open presentations, focused discussions with staff working groups, and meetings with relevant University leadership.

Supplementary input was received via campus governance groups, collegiate meetings, and more focused formal assessments. This planning process identified five areas of strategic importance for priority attention.

Strategic Directions for 2013-2014

The University of Minnesota will launch a new strategic planning process in fall 2013. Anticipating this future institutional plan, the Libraries' planning and goals for 2013-2014 will draw on the existing planning framework with updated goals to reflect current priorities.