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About Us

Information about Library & Cultural Services.

Mission Statement

Albert Sloman quote: A library is the university's heart

We place our users, both staff and students, at the centre of our services, working in partnership to develop and deliver world class library services for the University of Essex.

We recognise and value the contribution of every member of our team in providing a transformational educational experience for all our students.

We will manage and develop our physical spaces to enable the development of an inclusive learning community and we will continue to horizon scan and scope new services to ensure Library Services remains at the forefront of new service and technological developments.

We will continue to build on our strengths in content management and development, seeking opportunities to surface our unique and special collections through digitisation and improved discovery systems, and becoming recognised within the university as the lead service for the acquisition, provision, management and development of published academic content.

We will take a strategic and collaborative approach to the development and delivery of information literacy training for staff and students, ensuring effective discovery of and engagement with library content and resources to support academic success and transformational research.

We will seek to develop new skills and knowledge to support our aims and we will provide all staff with opportunities for personal and professional development.

We will harness new technologies and develop new and flexible ways of working to deliver the best services in the most efficient way.

We encourage participation in regional, national and international professional networks, maintaining awareness of best practice and contributing to evolving initiatives for library and information services.