DePaul University Libraries
Mission, Vision & Values

The DePaul University Library is a critical feature of the educational landscape at DePaul and is committed to supporting goals shared across academic libraries as well as goals distinct to the mission of DePaul University.

In common with all academic libraries, the DePaul University Library is committed to supporting the teaching, learning, and scholarly missions of its parent institution, to promoting equitable access to information, and to serving as a trusted steward of its resources, collections, and cultural heritage.

Beyond these commitments, the DePaul University Library is distinguished by its support of the distinctive blend of characteristics — Catholic, Vincentian, and urban — that define DePaul University. The library is a key contributor to our shared goal of developing faculty, staff, and students who are prepared to engage the challenges of the twenty-first century as socially-responsible and information-literate citizens.


The DePaul University Library cultivates and sustains the intellectual, creative, and social passions of our students, faculty, and staff as we work together to advance the goals of a more just, ethical, and diverse global society.


The DePaul University Library is a center for intellectual inquiry and academic engagement beyond the classroom, building and inspiring the campus and community partnerships distinctive of a DePaul education.


The DePaul University Library is guided both by the core values of librarianship and by the Vincentian values that shape the work of the University. In particular, the DePaul University Library has long been known for its commitment to the Vincentian value of "personalism," as defined both by a respect for the needs of the individual and by an appreciation for what each member of the community brings to the library's work.

With these overarching values always clearly in mind, we are also guided in this strategic plan by our commitments to the values of:

  • Collaboration
  • Community Engagement
  • Inclusion
  • Innovation
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Service
  • Social Responsibility
  • Stewardship