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About the Libraries

Mission and Vision

Mission Statement

We empower big ideas.  


We are the campus main street and the crossroads for innovation, scholarship, learning and civility.

Four areas of strategic emphasis

(all guided by evidence-based, data-supported assessment)

Teaching and Learning
(Vol Vision Imperatives 1, 2, & 5)

  • Engage in transformative partnerships in instruction
  • Develop and maintain robust facilities in support of teaching and learning
  • Be the campus leader in continuous self development and learning
  • Serve and engage users where they are
  • Utilize new and effective communication tools

Research Support, Discovery, and Access
(Vol Vision Imperatives 4, 5, & 3)

  • Develop robust, user-driven, and user-centered research collections
  • Maintain campus leadership in open access, intellectual property, and rights policy
  • Enhance collection storage for maximum efficiency and access
  • Provide comprehensive and efficient access to our users where they are
  • Lead in the development and delivery of collaborative and effective programming

Digital Initiatives, Scholarly Communication, and Technology Innovation
(Vol Vision Imperatives 3, 4, & 5)

  • Lead new initiatives in data curation
  • Lead, partner in, and develop research initiatives and services
  • Lead and support new models of publishing and scholarly communication
  • Lead and partner in campus technology innovation
  • Communicate the Libraries’ role in supporting university priorities and initiatives

The 24-Hour Intellectual and Social Hub

(Vol Vision Imperatives 1 & 5)

  • Provide services, activities, and resources to welcome and acclimate students to the university community and to enhance the college experience
  • Provide safe, secure, and inspiring spaces
  • Maximize and diversify user space to more fully support the widest range of user needs
  • Provide bold communication programs and strategies

The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System and partner in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway.