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Strategic Plan


The University of Cincinnati Libraries are an integral partner in the university’s efforts to achieve its core mission of teaching, research and community engagement. Through the work of our Strategic Plan, and with the realization of our mission and vision, we support the six key focus areas outlined in the university’s Third Century initiative and reflected in the UC2019 Academic Master Plan:

  • Optimizing our enrollment strategy
  • Building the resource base
  • Investing in faculty
  • Leveraging our research 
  • Re-imagining the student experience
  • Excelling in e-Learning


The University of Cincinnati Libraries empower discovery, stimulate learning and inspire the creation of knowledge by connecting students, faculty, researchers and scholars to dynamic data, information and resources.

The University of Cincinnati Libraries will become the globally engaged, intellectual commons of the university—positioning ourselves as the hub of collaboration, digital innovation and scholarly endeavor on campus.

The University of Cincinnati Libraries are at the center of the academic mission of the university. To achieve our vision, we will build upon a strong foundation of a dedicated and knowledgeable staff with unique and advanced skill sets primed to transform ourselves, the library landscape and the teaching, learning, clinical and research endeavors of the university. In pursuit of our combined missions, a transformed and developed 21st-century information professional workforce will collaborate in new partnerships with students, faculty, researchers and scholars to transform data and information into new expertise and knowledge. We will radically redefine and transform the concept of collections, space and access to support new modes of inquiry and discovery.

This transformation will be accomplished through strategic investments in people, resources, technology and innovation.  In this spirit, the strategic pillars of digital technology/innovations, people, data to information to knowledge and space will combine to make UC Libraries the globally engaged, intellectual commons of the university.


Watch a video about UC Libraries Strategic Plan - the vision, mission and how the four pillars translate to students' work in the Libraries.

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