The University Libraries at the University of the Arts provides services and collections that educate and inspire students to be effective researchers, critical users of information, and to apply those skills to their artistic, creative, and lifelong endeavors; and provides support for faculty in their teaching.

The University Libraries’ vision is to become a vibrant campus hub for collaborative and interdisciplinary learning and a leader in developing the information-rich future of The University of the Arts.

The University Libraries believes that information competency and critical thinking are core components of arts education, and that its staff plays a central role in helping students develop those skills. We are committed to providing excellent services in an environment that fosters the creative process, collaboration, inclusiveness, lifelong learning, and exploration. We value unfettered access to information; privacy of patrons; and a diversity of viewpoints. We believe that the thoughtful adoption of new technologies and new ideas supports the Libraries’ educational mission and furthers our goals.


  • Be the center for learning and teaching support on campus; providing services for face-to-face and online learning throughout the curriculum.
  • Expand formal information literacy instructional opportunities to include all academic programs.
  • Develop library spaces that are conducive to collaborative, interdisciplinary, and guided learning; and knowledge creation.
  • Develop library services that support collaborative, interdisciplinary, and guided learning; and knowledge creation.
  • Create physical adjacencies with other student and faculty support services to provide enhanced services and engagement through collaboration.
  • Maintain collections that are up-to-date and relevant to the curriculum.
  • Build on the Libraries reputation for excellence and its exemplary service orientation.

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