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Mission Statement and Statement on Diversity

The Marshall University Libraries support the teaching, research, and public service commitments of the University by acquiring, organizing, maintaining, and preserving materials in all appropriate formats and providing access and delivery of information, resources, and services to all students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders.

Vision Statement

Marshall University Libraries will be recognized as an Area of Excellence for the University, providing exceptional research, learning, and creativity support focused on student success and faculty and staff research in a welcoming and comfortable physical and intellectual environment.


  • Excellent customer service
  • Mutual respect and civility
  • Intellectual and academic freedom
  • Lifelong learning
  • Access and responsible stewardship


  • Deliver excellent, accessible customer services, research support, and instruction
  • Recruit and retain a diverse staff and faculty committed to the mission, vision, and values of MU Libraries
  • Develop a welcoming, accessible and comfortable physical space that supports research, lifelong learning, and creativity
  • Increase student success through collaboration (external and internal), collection development, service enhancement, and education.

Marshall University Libraries and Online Learning Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

In accordance with Marshall University’s Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy http://www.marshall.edu/eeoaa/files/Equal-Employment-Affirmative-Action-Policy.pdf, Marshall University Libraries and Online Learning strive to deliver accessible and inclusive service in the pursuit of an equitable, diverse and pluralistic society that affirms the dignity of all those it serves regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, marital or family status, pregnancy, veteran status, service in the uniformed services, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or gender expression.

Marshall University Libraries and Online Learning make equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion a priority and is committed to maintaining an environment of respect in all of our facilities and programming. Marshall University Libraries abide by the American Library Association Code of Ethics and strive to support the Library Bill of Rights.

Civil Discourse

Libraries hold a unique position as places to hold civil conversations on challenging subjects. They also serve as purveyors of credible information in which to frame those conversations. MU Libraries actively advocates and educates in defense of intellectual freedom—the rights of library users to read, seek information, and speak freely as guaranteed by the First Amendment.

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