Mission & Values

The University Libraries, as a core academic function of George Mason University, serve as both a repository of and digital portal to the wider universe of knowledge. The Libraries foster innovation, originality, and imagination by qualitatively managing access to scholarship and information, providing expert consultation in the research process, actively teaching the effective and critical use of information, and disseminating research and scholarship through publishing endeavors.

Values critical to the fulfillment of the University Libraries’ mission encompass the following:

  • Adherence to professional ethics
  • Fidelity to intellectual freedom
  • Valuing knowledge in general, as well as subject expertise
  • Engagement with life-long learning and personal development
  • Fostering collaboration and teamwork
  • Commitment to service and customer-centered programs
  • Promoting and rewarding of excellent performance, personal creativity, and responsibility
  • Regard for diversity of ideas and people
  • Furthering internal and external communication
  • Advancement of library faculty and staff and user empowerment