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What we stand for

Mission statement

The University of Waterloo Library contributes to the achievement of the University's goals by collaborating with the community in teaching, learning, research and service.

The Library is committed to the values of:

  • lifelong learning
  • equitable access
  • intellectual freedom
  • confidentiality
  • communication and cooperation
  • continuous improvement

User needs are primary, and our goal is to create an environment to:

  • become more informed and knowledgeable
  • enhance their creative and critical skills
  • be inspired by intellectual curiosity

The Library's greatest resource is staff, and it is our goal to be:

  • guided by the mission
  • user-focused
  • empowered
  • innovative and flexible

The Library trains and coaches staff and provides an environment to:

  • identify the information needs of our community
  • relate those needs to available resources
  • provide access to those resources
  • facilitate the productive and proficient use of those resources

Excellence Canada pilot project

The Library was selected to pilot the Excellence Canada standard at the University of Waterloo. With a large, diverse cross-section of staff, the Library can be seen as a microcosm of the campus employee community. 

To read about the initiative's background, deliverables and governance structure, see the Excellence Canada at Waterloo website.