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Library Leadership

Northwestern Libraries are administered by the Dean of Libraries, the Deputy University Librarian, and the Libraries’ Executive Team.


The Dean of Libraries reports to the Provost. The Provost and the Dean are advised by three consultative bodies, the Faculty Advisory Committee, the Student Advisory Committee and the Library Board of Governors. The Dean of Libraries also oversees the Northwestern University Press, as a separate organization.

  • Xuemao Wang, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian
  • D.J. Hoek, Deputy University Librarian
  • James Lee, Associate University Librarian for Academic Innovation
  • Elsa Alvaro, Interim Associate University Librarian for Collections and Access

Explore the Libraries’ organization:

Advisory Committees and Board of Governors

The Libraries rely on boards and committees to help make advisory decisions regarding library policies, and to advocate for the Libraries within the Northwestern community. Visit Advisory Committees and Boards for more on the Faculty and Student Advisory Committees and the Board of Governors.

Impact Report

A look at the work of Northwestern University Libraries in the last academic year (22-23), told not by numbers, but by stories of real impact on our students and research community. Read the report.

Library policies

The Northwestern University Libraries create and adhere a wide range of policies to provide the highest quality information resources and services. Access our policies.