Our values

The Library invests in collections that further our mission to partner in learning and collaborate in discovery, as articulated in the Library’s Strategic Plan, its Inclusive Excellence Plan, and the University’s Great and Good Plan. To make those investments sustainable, we have to look at their impact across two axes: financial sustainability and social justice.

Our commitment to financial sustainability will drive our actions to favor investments where price and value are aligned and where projected growth in cost is consistent with our mission to maintain a deep, balanced, diverse collection that supports the full range of research interests at the University. 

Our commitment to social justice will drive our actions to favor investments that demonstrate alignment with the Library's public mission and that of the University, including:


Sustainable investments counter racism, sexism, and other systemic biases in the research ecosystem and in the broader culture. 


Sustainable investments increase public access to research, maximizing its impact in service of the public good. 


Sustainable investments foster reuse of research outputs in new projects, avoiding proprietary formats and restrictive licenses.

Authors' rights

Sustainable investments respect authors' and other contributors' rights and interests in their research, including the right to share them widely. 


Sustainable investments improve the quality and reliability of research.


Sustainable investments ensure transparent and equitable evaluation of research.


In addition to making individual investments consistent with these values, the Library will adopt policies that promote them, such as our policy against non-disclosure clauses.