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UK Libraries’ mission is to ignite the human drive to discover, create, and connect by facilitating access to information, empowering learners, and collaborating with our communities to advance knowledge, enhance scholarship, and preserve the history and culture of the Commonwealth.

Guiding Principle

Our efforts to provide ever-expanding access to information resources, collaborative spaces, and research-enhancing services and technologies are guided by a deeply-held principle: that equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are both essential for, and improved by, the acquisition and creation of new knowledge. This principle informs all aspects of our work and requires all library personnel to actively consider and address barriers that permeate institutional structures and systems. Viewing our work through this EDI lens, we are committed to building collections, enhancing services, and providing spaces that reflect and support individuals with diverse perspectives and abilities.


Our mission and our work are supported and animated by six core values:

  • Collaboration
  • Commitment to Service
  • Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion
  • Growth & Development
  • Excellence
  • Versatility
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Mark Cornelison