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A. Mission, Vision, and Goals

Mission: The St. John's University Libraries commit themselves to the teaching and learning processes by providing content-based information resources, instructional services, and other support in the most effective formats for University programs and student and faculty research. The Libraries provide the foundation for the University's mission of academic excellence and lifelong learning.

Vision: The University Libraries will be a physical and virtual information crossroads community, helping all library users achieve success through quality service and ubiquitous access. To achieve this vision we must sustain excellence by both honoring and renewing tradition.


  1. To provide learning resources in the most effective format to support curricula and research activities, with an emphasis on digital formats.
  2. To provide a range of services which facilitate access to information for intellectual growth, both on and off campus.
  3. To provide the St. John's community with opportunities for independent and lifelong learning. To improve physical facilities so that the Libraries provide a well-maintained environment conducive to research, study, and collaborative learning.
  4. To establish policies and procedures that will improve communication, the organizational climate, and the Library's effectiveness.

B. Going Digital

In order to support the University’s commitment to providing a 21st century education and to leverage the investment in Information Technology, the Libraries are actively acquiring materials in digital format whenever possible. Print materials should be withdrawn when there is a digital counterpart available. This policy applies to both new and retrospective materials. The goal is to have the majority of the Collection available in digital format.

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