Mission, Vision, and Values


The University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Libraries advance the campus mission of teaching, learning, research and service by providing scholarly resources and services. We facilitate the discovery and exchange of ideas, and the creation, preservation, and sharing of knowledge.

The Libraries help develop information-competent users and connect our community of users with information and knowledge to succeed in a diverse society.


The University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Libraries is a future-oriented organization with the resources to:

  • Expand access to an increasing wealth of materials critical for learning and research;
  • Offer outstanding user-centered service;
  • Provide collaborative and flexible environments where faculty and students create and learn;
  • Expand its role as an academic partner in the intellectual life of the University;
  • Provide leadership and expertise in fostering new modes for scholarly communication.

UWM Guiding Values

University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee faculty and staff during the 2012-2013 academic year drafted and approved the UWM Guiding Values.

We value:

  • Innovation, leadership, and collaboration that fosters learning through education, scholarship and research, and public service.
  • Opportunities for open inquiry to support the positive transformation of individuals (students, faculty, and staff), institutions, and communities.
  • A caring, compassionate, and collegial community characterized by mutual respect and safety.
  • Diversity in all of its definitions, including who we are, how we think, and what we do.
  • Ethical behavior, based on integrity, accountability, and responsibility
  • Transparent and inclusive decision making.
  • Stewardship of resources that promote sustainability, prosperity, and equity for all in the local and global communities.
  • Pride in our institution, our unique qualities, and our vital role.