Core Beliefs

With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one – but no one at all – can tell you what to read and when and how.

–Doris Lessing

The mission of the University of Cincinnati Libraries is to empower discovery, stimulate learning and inspire the creation of knowledge by connecting students, faculty, researchers and scholars to dynamic data, information and resources.

In pursuit of our mission, we believe that libraries should be places for inquiry, deeper thought and the open exploration of ideas. UC Libraries offers open access to information, spaces to study and to collaborate, and research services for all regardless of political, socio-economic or institutional affiliation, as well as to all races, religions, countries of origin or gender identification. It is through this role of open information providers that libraries help to create informed, educated and enlightened citizens.

To achieve our mission, we, the information professionals of the University of Cincinnati Libraries, hold ourselves to the highest standards of work performance, research, quality service and respect for each other and for the diversity of our community.

Tenets – We practice the following in pursuit of our mission and vision.

  1. Lead – We are leaders on campus and in the library profession, guiding initiatives that advance the academic pursuits of students, faculty, researchers, scholars and library colleagues.
  2. Partner – We pursue and actively participate in partnerships that further our mission and that of the university.
  3. Collaborate – We liaise with and work collaboratively with colleagues, students, faculty, researchers and scholars both within and outside the organization in order to bring varying skill sets and mindsets to play in connecting and enabling all users to achieve their greatest potential in their academic pursuits.
  4. Build – We acquire and provide access to the published scholarly record for a broad range of disciplines with emphasis on the university’s areas of excellence.
  5. Learn – We are seekers of new knowledge and skills that empower us in changing the current and future library landscape.
  6. Teach – We impart knowledge. Every member of UC Libraries is a teacher, guiding the university community in utilizing library resources, increasing the information literacy of our users and advancing the skill sets of ourselves and our colleagues.
  7. Steward – We collect, provide, protect and preserve the scholarly record and intellectual output of the university and community of scholars as we responsibly manage the data, information and resources of the university.
  8. Innovate – We seek new, creative and cutting-edge practices, workflows and technologies to deliver library services, collections and programs to users anytime and anywhere.
  9. Explore – We try new things, embrace change, take risks, and when necessary, change and modify course in pursuit of our mission.
  10. Thrive – We foster an engaged workforce that is encouraged and supported to strive for excellence, balance and work satisfaction.
  11. Transform – We embrace our mission, vision and tenets as our guideposts as we work to transform ourselves, the library landscape and the teaching, clinical and research endeavors of the university.

By focusing on these tenets, we not only achieve our vision to become the globally engaged intellectual commons of the university, but we also bring well-being and stability to ourselves and to our community of learners. It is imperative that we demonstrate both unity and respect to our colleagues, faculty, students, researchers and scholars worldwide as we work with each other.

Finally, UC Libraries follows the ALA Code of Ethics, which states: “We significantly influence or control the selection, organization, preservation, and dissemination of information. In a political system grounded in an informed citizenry, we are members of a profession explicitly committed to intellectual freedom and the freedom of access to information. We have a special obligation to ensure the free flow of information and ideas to present and future generations.” American Library Association Code of Ethics -

UC Libraries is and always will remain dedicated to open access to all seeking knowledge and enlightenment.