Library policies and standards

Mission statement

The Library's Mission is:

  • To aim for excellence in the provision of services in support of learning, teaching, scholarship and research;
  • To be accessible and responsive to student and staff needs by proactively trying to understand and anticipate requirements;
  • To contribute to ensuring that the overall student experience is of the highest quality;
  • To develop networks of external links with other educational institutions and the wider community.

More specifically we will ensure that we meet the information needs of our University community as follows:

  1. Provide and continually develop a range of services in anticipation of and in response to our University community's needs;
  2. Develop and maintain a skilled, friendly and responsive staff;
  3. Optimise opening hours, access and accessibility with due regard to demand, resources and security;
  4. Manage and develop collections to enhance the teaching and research within the University community and beyond (where appropriate);
  5. Equip users with essential information skills to allow them to exploit a wide range of resources in support of their present learning needs and to enhance employability;
  6. Actively promote library services to ensure that benefit to the University community (and beyond, as appropriate) is maximised;
  7. Liaise effectively with all sections of our University community, providing support for University and faculty strategic plans;
  8. Provide a welcoming, modern environment appropriate to a range of learning styles and requirements;
  9. Actively monitor and review service provision on a regular basis, seeking feedback to inform further development;
  10. Continuously develop and improve efficiency in all aspects of management;
  11. Play an active part in developing local, regional and national networks and schemes for meeting the information needs of our own and the wider community.