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Our Vision

We are vital to the teaching, learning, research, and outreach mission of our great University.

Mission Statement

We meet the changing needs of the academic community by providing:

  • Leadership for the selection, organization, access and preservation of sources of knowledge in all formats;
  • Exemplary information services designed to fulfill the needs of a great public university;
  • Inspirational environments for collaborative and individual discovery, study and learning.

Strategic Directions & Goals

  1. Assess, identify and respond to user needs in teaching, learning, research and outreach


    • Library's increased awareness of changing user needs and users' increased awareness of library resources and services.
    • Monitor and respond to changes in user behavior and expectations.
    • Expand opportunities to participate in campus teaching and learning initiatives.
  2. Improve access to physical and virtual resources


    • Work to secure funding to build a remote preservation and shelving facility.
    • Strengthen navigation, discovery and access across all resources and services.
  3. Integrate libraries into environments where users work and interact


    • Identify potential intersections of user workflow/environment with library services and resources.
    • Achieve better library integration into enterprise (institutional) systems such as MyUW and Learn@UW.
    • Find more/new ways to establish a library presence in non-library spaces (virtual and physical).
  4. Enhance management and change-management skills in library staff


    • Develop well-trained managers.
    • Prepare staff to adapt, function, and thrive in a changing world.
  5. Actively participate in information policy partnerships


    • Initiate a campus-wide copyright education campaign.
    • Advocate and provide leadership in support of alternative models of scholarly communication, open access publishing, and the retention of author's rights.

Additional information is available on our Reports Page.

About the UW-Madison Libraries

The UW-Madison has the 11th largest research library collection in North America, according to a survey by the Association of Research Libraries. The campus is served by Memorial Library, the largest library in Wisconsin, as well as numerous subject, professional and special purpose libraries.

In 2004, the campus library collections included more than 7.3 million volumes representing human inquiry through all of history. In addition, there are more than 55,000 serial titles, 6.2 million microfilm items, and hundreds of thousands of government documents, maps, musical scores, audiovisual materials and other items housed in libraries across campus. Nearly 1 million volumes are circulated to library users every year.

The UW Libraries emphasize service, serving over 4,000,000 visitors every year. Library staff take an active interest in teaching people how to use information resources. Nearly 27,000 students, staff and faculty attend library workshops and instructional programs each year. These instructional sessions include tours and hands-on classes about how to use the Library Catalog and how to find specialized information.

The Libraries' collections are developed and managed by subject specialists.

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