Mission, Vision, & Values

Mission, Vision, & Values

Our Mission

University of Houston Libraries serves the UH community by enhancing student learning, participating in the development of scholarly research and creative output, and promoting discovery of information and knowledge from diverse and relevant resources.

Our Vision

Nurturing curiosity and creativity by facilitating transformative learning and scholarship to help advance the University’s vision of increased academic standing and impactful success

Our Values

We respect all individuals and communities, and create a welcoming virtual and physical environment for all learners, researchers, and Libraries employees. We are responsive in providing spaces, services, programs, and resources that center accessibility and inclusivity. We engage in thoughtful assessment to improve processes, services, and programs.


We build collections of national prominence that align with the research and teaching priorities of the University. We engage diverse audiences and provide seamless discovery of and access to these collections.

We foster strategic experimentation, innovation, and development of new ideas, programs, services, tools, and technologies that spur excellence within the Libraries and for the UH community.


We leverage the power of partnerships internally with strong interdependence and externally with faculty, instructors, students, researchers, and community partners to enrich services locally and expand our impact globally. We improve outcomes through collaboration with the local community, the UH system, and professional alliances.

We are intentional with communication about the value of the services, resources, and specialization that we offer. We are deliberative in our interactions with users and anticipate their changing needs.


We are user-centered and foster an environment guided by flexibility and compassion to create a high-quality experience.

We cultivate a diverse, stimulating, and supportive work environment that attracts the very best in library talent, and encourages librarians and staff at every level to continuously develop and expand their knowledge and expertise.