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As we chart a path into the future and develop goals and visions by which to improve our services and deepen our commitment to our communities and partners, we are proud to be guided by the following strategic values.

Discover the full scope of UK Libraries’ aspirational vision in our 2021-2026 Strategic Plan (pdf).

I. Community Impact

UK Libraries will cultivate community and campus partnerships to advance university priorities and our land grant mission, focusing first on:

  • High-impact collaborative partnerships
  • Programming and services in response to university and community priorities
  • Partnerships with underserved and marginalized communities

II. Meaningful Services

UK Libraries will create services and spaces that center the user experience, putting learners and researchers at the heart of everything we do, focusing first on providing:

  • Welcoming and accessible physical and virtual spaces
  • Approachable and equity-minded experts
  • Creative, inclusive, and accessible services

III. Enhancing Access

UK Libraries will develop transformative approaches to resource management that broaden and simplify access to research collections, focusing first on: 

  • Elevating marginalized voices
  • Utilizing partnerships and data-driven approaches
  • Increasing access to distinctive collections and university scholarship

IV. Advancing Knowledge

UK Libraries will empower scholars throughout the research lifecycle by providing innovative services and partnerships that enhance discovery, creativity, and connectivity, focusing first on:

  • Enabling access beyond the university to open, affordable educational resources
  • Offering versatile and accessible spaces that support knowledge creation
  • Developing creative and cost-saving technologies and services

V. An Organization That Excels

Foster a learning organization that empowers employees, supports collaboration, and encourages individual and organizational growth and development, focusing first on:

  • Cultivating a supportive community of belonging for all
  • Creating a culture of exploration, experimentation, and collaboration
  • Providing equitable training and professional development opportunities
UK Libraries faculty member shows historic image to President Capilouto.

Community partnerships are essential to the work of preserving Kentucky's rich history.