Vision, Mission, Values, & Strategic Pillars


Inspiring inquiry, enabling creativity, enriching minds.


Through welcoming spaces, expert staff, and a broad array of services and resources, Tulane University Libraries support and enrich the teaching, research, and outreach missions of Tulane University.  Crossing borders both disciplinary and geographic, we help convene a community of teachers and learners for the conversations that lie at the heart of a great research university.


Tulane University Libraries embrace and embody the following values:

  • Reducing barriers to information and improving access for all users.
  • Respecting a broad array of ideas, perspectives, and modes of inquiry.
  • Encouraging innovation, embracing partnerships, and enabling dialog.
  • Honoring and preserving cultural memory, particularly the unique culture of New Orleans, in all of its expressions.
  • Stewarding resources in culturally sensitive, accessible ways.
  • Committing ourselves to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our leadership and professional practice.
  • Creating inclusive spaces that foster an open and accepting learning community.
  • Defending privacy rights and intellectual freedom.
  • Supporting our staff to grow and thrive in a rapidly changing, highly dynamic environment.
  • Approaching our work with humanity, empathy, and humility.

2020-2023 Strategic Pillars

The Tulane Libraries will:

  • Become an evolving hub and laboratory for modes of teaching, learning, and academic inquiry across all disciplines.
  • Be the trusted steward of stories, in any manifestation or expression, from a broad array of communities and cultures.
  • Reflect the unique diversity of New Orleans, the nation, and the world in staffing, collections, spaces, and services.
  • Build a sustainable culture of resilience, capability, excellence, and continuous growth and learning.