Mission, Values, and Vision

Western Libraries Strategic Plan

Western Libraries is committed to a culture of strategic planning rooted in regular assessment. We make the collection and use of data a tool for decision making and improvement as we align the Libraries’ activities and initiatives with the strategic goals of the university. 


To advance Western Washington University’s mission, Western Libraries cultivates inclusive excellence by connecting people to resources, expertise, collections, and spaces essential to academic success, lifelong learning, and community.


Western Libraries is committed to a culture of excellence, integrity, and leadership that inspires visionary thinking, critical discourse, accountability, and transparent practices. In order to achieve this, Western Libraries values:

  • Barrier-free access
  • Collaborative partnerships
  • Employee expertise and empowerment
  • Equity, social justice, and inclusion
  • Integrated academic literacies (e.g. reading, research, writing, speaking, listening)
  • Intellectual freedom, inquiry, and privacy
  • Innovation, creativity, and curiosity
  • Learner-centered pedagogies and practices
  • Responsible and sustainable stewardship


As a full academic partner, Western Libraries provides transformative opportunities, experiences, and destinations for intellectual growth and community engagement to address the 21st century’s most challenging questions.