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Mission Statement & Vision

Mission Statement

The Research and Information Services and Government Information Services units are the University Library's central hub for research assistance, leading patrons to the discovery of library resources, government and statistical information, and expert help. Using a wide range of tools, we provide assistance to researchers working in all disciplines, help people to locate difficult to find items, and make referrals to subject specialists when appropriate.

We support the educational mission of the university by approaching research support services from an instructional perspective, and by fostering user independence and the development of information literacy skills.

We serve our diverse patron population indirectly by being their advocate on library technology and service initiatives and by selecting resources that benefit a wide range of researchers.


The vision of the Research and Information Services unit is to be a central gateway to the Library’s information and research services and instruction in an academic research environment. The gateway will connect the knowledge that is crucial to developing research competencies through collaborative work with other scholarly support systems in the Library and on campus.