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Mission Statement for the St. Lawrence University Libraries

(updated 2019)

The primary purpose of the Libraries at St. Lawrence University is to support the educational mission of the college. Librarians and support staff at both Libraries are committed to providing students with "an increasingly sophisticated means of acquiring and evaluating knowledge during the course of their careers."*  To that end, they:

  • Prepare students for a lifetime of learning by teaching them not only how to locate information but also how to evaluate the sources retrieved.
  • Build, maintain and make accessible on-site collections that support the liberal arts.
  • Expand gateways to scholarly resources beyond the boundaries of this campus.

As a secondary part of their mission, the Libraries contribute to the growth of world scholarship. To assist the wider community of learners, librarians and staff members:

  • Support faculty and student research beyond classroom needs.
  • Collect and preserve information that illuminates the intellectual, social and business life of the North Country.
  • Make St. Lawrence's Library resources available to other institutions through interlibrary loan.
  • Allow persons not affiliated with St. Lawrence access to the materials in Library collections.

In all of their activities, the St. Lawrence librarians and support staff maintain a strong commitment to intellectual freedom and subscribe to the tenets of the Library Bill of Rights.

Finally, all Library employees seek to achieve a positive and supportive working environment--one that encourages the development of well-trained and effective staff, working together toward the objectives outlined above.

*Strategic Vision Statement/St. Lawrence University (1993), pp.6-7.