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Library Administration

The Library is administered by the Dean of Libraries and Associate University Librarians who oversee Research & Engagement, Administrative Services, Resource & Delivery Management, and Collections Strategies.

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

See our annual Strategic Plan. To explore the Library's organization, review our Departments or download our 2021 Organization Model

Mission Statement

The mission of Northwestern University Libraries is to provide information resources and services of the highest quality to sustain and enhance the University’s teaching, research, professional, and performance programs. The Libraries provide a setting conducive to independent learning and a resource for users both within the Libraries and throughout the University and broader scholarly communities. We are committed to meeting the needs of users by taking a leadership role in linking the University to information in a rapidly changing environment. The Libraries develop innovative strategies to educate users and to select, organize, provide access to, and preserve information resources. We forge effective partnerships outside the Libraries to connect users with the resources they need.

Impact Report

A look at the work of Northwestern University Libraries in the last academic year (18-19), 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.

Boards and committees

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 the links below for a mission statement and current roster of each: