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Vision & Mission

Mission: The Harvard Library advances scholarship and teaching by committing itself to the creation, application, preservation and dissemination of knowledge.


Strategic Objectives


The Harvard Library Board approved strategic objectives for the Harvard Library in spring 2013. The strategic objectives are to:

  • Implement a Harvard Library collection and content development strategic plan in support of University-wide research, teaching and learning for today and the future.
  • Enable effective access to the world of knowledge and data through intuitive discovery, networks of expertise and global collaborations.
  • Deliver innovative and programmatic support for learning and research in partnership with faculty and other research and pedagogical support organizations.
  • Steward vulnerable and critical research information in partnership with academic and administrative functions across the University and beyond.
  • Support a robust professional development network in a learning organization for library staff to achieve the strategic initiatives and the mission of the Harvard Library.




The initial benefits to the Harvard community include:

  • Development of collections across and outside Harvard.
  • Faster delivery of information.
  • All Harvard users can borrow materials from anywhere in the University.
  • More access to unique materials, physically and digitally.
  • Delivery of high and consistent standards of service University-wide.
  • Better understanding of and adaptation to user needs.
  • Ability to create, curate, share personal digital collections for research and teaching.
  • Access to expertise and a technical infrastructure to archive digital materials.
  • Development of innovative library practices, services and products.
  • A global network of relationships that ensures best practices.