Mission & Vision

The Baylor Libraries lead as an innovative research library that undergirds scholarship, fosters teaching, and learning, and builds communities.

We will accomplish the mission by:

  • Partnering with researchers to create innovative solutions that enhance research and teaching.
  • Combining expertise and resources within dynamic spaces to produce collaborations that create new knowledge.
  • Providing digital, print, archival, human, and other resources that empower research and teaching.
  • Developing partnerships that establish learning communities.

Five-Year Strategic Plan

A library-wide collaborative process that took place during the Spring and Summer of 2022 resulted in a five-year strategic plan that was submitted to the Provost. Aspects of this plan will be implemented in the first year, and the plan will be revised over time as the Libraries accomplish their stated goals. This plan will be adapted as necessary to ensure alignment with the university's Illuminate strategic vision and plans. A note to the reader: The strategic plan linked below is an internal document that uses language familiar to academic librarians and the university.

Baylor Libraries Five-Year Strategic Plan

Year One Goals and Priorities

In December 2020, the Libraries leadership core, under the direction of the Dean, affirmed the findings of the Libraries' Directors Council regarding our top priorities during the first year of the Libraries five-year strategic plan. These goals and priorities will be evaluated throughout the year relative to the five-year strategic plan and adjusted as necessary.

Year One Goals and Priorities

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Our approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is illuminated by Baylor's "Christian commitment to a caring community" and "understanding the complex diversity of God's creation"; the Christian tradition of social justice; and libraries — all of which are marked by human experiences.

The Baylor University Libraries commit to increase diversity and recognize, value, respect, and empower all members of our community. We actively challenge and respond to bias, harassment, and discrimination. We commit to a policy of equal opportunity to resources, services, and spaces for all persons. The library is a place where differences are welcomed, people are nurtured, all perspectives are heard, and every individual feels a sense of belonging.

Cultural environments evolve and our commitment is both an imperative and a shared responsibility. Such work is continuous and contributes to the flourishing of our communities.

Land Acknowledgment

Read Baylor University's Land Acknowledgment

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