Policies and mission statement

On this page you will find the mission statement of the library as well as the starting points on which the library policies are based.



Researchers, lecturers and students have a reliable partner in the library in the area of scholarly information. Librarians use their expertise to contribute to the constant improvement of the scholarly communication cycle. The library inspires bright minds to meet and exchange knowledge and ideas. Library services are organised in an interdisciplinary way in close cooperation with other parties both internal and external to Utrecht University.

Strategic Plan 

Excellent library services are characterised by continuity as well as innovation. For more than 430 years, we have ensured access to scholarly knowledge to the academic community despite the fact that format, access methods and knowledge (re)use are now consistently subject to fundamental change. These developments are described in the report From access to accessibility, published by the University Library. The report outlines the future role of the University Library in the scholarly communication cycle.

The library can only stay connected to its users if it continues to adapt and innovate. In addition, it is a given that library services will be organised in cooperation with other parties, within or outside the university community. This is in line with the international ambitions of Utrecht University and the increasingly international character of research and academic education in general

The scholarly communication cycle is central to this. The library offers professional support in every phase of research.

The circle of scholarly communication
The scholarly communication cycle

The library also supports open access availability of scholarly output. Special material is digitised, making it more sustainable. As a result, this academic heritage will not only last longer but will also be more frequently consulted.

More information about the scholarly communication cycle can be read in the strategic plan for 2018-2020.