Our mission, values and strategy

Our mission

Our people, collections and spaces empower the diverse Sydney community to pursue academic excellence and advance understanding. We care deeply about the success and wellbeing of our clients and colleagues, actively supporting them with distinctive resources and innovative approaches to information sharing and knowledge building.

Our values

Our values are important to us, and they inform our strategic direction. 

A trusted partner. The Library is a hub for the Sydney community, and we thrive when working in partnership. We value thoughtful and considered information sharing to build knowledge and understanding, and actively seek feedback from our communities.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Library is stronger because of the diversity of our clients, colleagues, and communities. We value equity, inclusion, and dignity for all, including a culturally safe environment for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

People first. People come first in all we do. We continuously strive to deliver distinctive experiences, resources and spaces that empower the Sydney community to excel at every stage of their academic or professional life. 

Curiosity. We start with “What if we could?” and explore innovative ways forward. Curiosity, innovation, and creativity help us meet future needs.

Our strategic priorities 2023–2033

The University of Sydney Library’s 10-year strategy has been developed in response to the University’s 2032 Strategy. It is values-focused, and reflects the University’s strategic priorities, global and local trends in the library and information sector.

By 2032 the Library will achieve a suite of strategic priorities:

We are valued for exceptional client experiences. Our clients come first; we empower students, researchers, and professional colleagues to achieve their goals. 

Partnership is at the heart of what we do. The Library’s collaborations with students, researchers and professional partners are long-lasting and extend beyond any single project. 

The Library empowers minds and enriches communities. We contribute to a fair, equitable and sustainable world by promoting access to information and scholarly content. 

We are an inspirational cultural institution. The Library’s world class collections, practices and experts inspire the Sydney community to achieve more than they thought possible.

Download the Strategy

Read more about our strategic priorities and deliverables for the next 10 years:  

The University of Sydney Library Strategy 2023 - 2033

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