The Library, Museums & Press (hereafter referred to as the Library) are fundamental to ensuring the realization of the University of Delaware's goals and aspirations. We, the Library staff, honor the accomplishments of the Library's past while embracing the possibilities...

Student Success and Learning

The Library empowers students to effectively research, explore, and demonstrate their knowledge. Expert staff inspire self-directed, life-long learning beyond the classroom. We support students' critical engagement with information sources in a variety of formats. Student needs and achievement are..

Research, Scholarship and Discovery

The Library increases the value and impact of research, scholarship and discovery through excellent collections, interdisciplinary activity, and innovative methods of information management. We contribute expertise throughout the research lifecycle, from conceptualization to actualization. The Library provides leadership in scholarly ...

Library as Place

The Library is a welcoming place to study, learn, and create. We facilitate activities ranging from individual contemplation to group collaboration. Our spaces (physical and virtual) support library operations and user needs for intellectual exploration, entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation. Library ...

Partnership and Collaboration

We actively seek out partnerships and collaboration locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally to expand knowledge and advance the mission of the University through collective strengths. We achieve more together than we do individually. Goals Communicate the value of the Library’s ...

Finalized in Spring 2017, this strategic plan guides the University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press in planning, decision-making and resource allocation.

Shaped by environmental scans of selected comparator institution libraries, focus groups with stakeholders and broad input from Library staff, the strategic plan is an aspirational and living document that articulates an agenda aligned with strategic directions outlined by President Assanis.

To achieve our goals, the Library will continually assess and adjust our progress, process and operations using the strategic directions on the following pages as guidance.


View the Strategic Plan

Giving Priorities

Since the last major renovation to Morris Library in 1986, libraries across the world have transformed into hubs for activity, collaboration and concentration. Today, the Library encompasses Morris Library, three branch libraries, three Museum gallery spaces and the UD Press. Combined, the Library serves as a resource for scholars from all disciplines to create, evaluate and consume information.

With your support, the University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press will grow with the expanding and diversifying needs of the more than 1 million UD students, faculty, staff and community members who visit annually.

Here are the priorities your donations will support:

Morris Library Renovation

To make effective use of all space within the building, the Library will reimagine the physical areas to increase seating capacity, improve wayfinding, provide prominent locations for services and exhibitions, and consolidate Special Collections into one easily accessible location.

Student Research Assistance

By establishing opportunities for students to conduct research with primary source materials, the Library will provide students with hands-on research experience and help them disseminate and showcase this work through publications and conferences.

Digitization, Preservation and Collection Support

In order to facilitate global access to Library resources, the Library will digitize the physical collections and preserve tangible objects, as well as acquire new material and encourage use of the circulating collections, electronic collections and material within Special Collections and Museums.


Through internal grants for programs, the Library will foster collaboration with and support faculty in the sharing of their research with the community and highlighting their use of Library resources.



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