Colgate University Libraries Mission Statement

The Colgate University Libraries advance the university’s educational programs by providing information resources and services that support the curriculum, faculty research, and the creation and dissemination of knowledge. The libraries foster the development of students who are independent, self-directed learners able to make critical, informed, and sophisticated use of information in their courses, independent inquiry, and life after graduation.


The mission of the Libraries includes the following goals:

  • The selection, organization, and preservation of collections and the provision of both physical and intellectual access to resources appropriate to the curriculum of the University, the current research interests of the faculty and the needs of the Colgate community.
  • Shared educational programs that embed information literacy into teaching and learning at Colgate University.
  • An engaged staff that provides high quality resources and services that meet the needs of students and faculty.
  • Leadership in information management and in the creative use of new technologies.
  • Partnership with other university groups, libraries and professional organization.
  • Participation in mutually beneficial cooperative and interdependent relationships with other libraries [e.g. ConnectNY, etc.]
  • An environment that encourages intellectual exploration and learning.
  • Ongoing evaluation of library resources and programs, both onsite and elsewhere.
Discussed and confirmed in Library Faculty Retreat June 19, 2008 jas

Strategic Directions for 2014-2019

  • Provide access to strong and sustainable collections through our holdings and consortial relationships in order to support the curriculum and research at the University.
  • Enhance and promote programs in instruction, research support, and outreach that are integrated into the University's educational efforts.
  • Advocate for a new scholarly communication model at Colgate in areas such as copyright, open access, multiple literacies and academic honesty.
  • Collect, organize, preserve, and communicate the history of the University, particularly in regards to the 2019 Bicentennial celebration.
  • Strengthen the Libraries' internal structures, processes, and infrastructure to succeed in an environment of continuous change.
Discussed and confirmed in Library Faculty Retreat May 28, 2014 jas