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

The circle of scholarly communication
The circle of scientific communication

That means the library makes sure that access to scientific informtion is excellent. The library is becoming less of a place to find current literature via a local
catalogue. At the same time, the value of the library increases as a place to get help with discovering literature on the internet.

The library also supports making scientific output available in Open Access. The Open Access movement has been gaining momentum for some time now. The call for publicly funded research to be freely available to the public is becoming more pronounced.

The cultural and academic heritage which has been collected over the past centuries is irreplaceable and of great value. It is therefore important that we keep these unique and valuable documents accessible for the academic community.

More information about the circle of scientific communication can be read in the strategic plan for 2018-2020.

The document Universiteitsbibliotheek Utrecht Highlights 2015-2017 (in Dutch only) indicates the most important devepments and results reached in the past policy period (2015-2017).