A Great Library For The Future
A century ago, the University’s leaders believed that building a world-class library was essential to recruiting and retaining excellent faculty. Their vision proved prescient. Today, the richness of the collections and the excellence of the faculty remain critically important to the success of the University.
This campus will continue to have an advantage over peer institutions only if its Library continues to meet the growing demands and expectations of its users. Academic libraries currently face many challenges, including diminished budgets, skyrocketing costs, increased demand for materials, and the preservation of endangered items. Furthermore, the electronic age has significantly altered the way libraries operate. As our Library adapts to meet these new challenges, its core mission remains the same: to collect, preserve, and provide resources that enable discovery and the use of knowledge in all formats and across all disciplines.
To better meet the needs of its users and streamline services, the Library plans to reallocate specific resources through the end of FY06:
The following plans also are underway to make the most of new technologies and incorporate current trends in teaching and learning:
Ten years from now, the Library will be known not only for its rich print collections but also for its vast holdings of electronic materials and its ongoing excellent services. It will be a leader in developing tools that provide easy access to online resources, giving the campus a competitive advantage over its peer institutions. It also will continue to serve as a destination in which to work, to interact with colleagues and experts, and to think, contemplate, and dream.