Organizational Framework


Emory Libraries are recognized as an intellectual center, transforming teaching, learning, research, and patient care through innovative resources, services, and collections for the campus community and beyond.


  • Deliver and produce useful and distinctive services, information, and content
  • Preserve and promote our intellectual and cultural heritage
  • Engage as partners in the academic enterprise to advance student and faculty success
  • Create diverse and engaging environments for work, production, study, and intellectual and social engagement
  • Initiate and implement creative and impactful uses of technologyCultivate an organizational culture of professional development, agility, and innovation


  • Excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarship
  • Stewardship and preservation
  • Collaboration and partnership
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Innovation and continuous learning
  • Ethics and integrity
  • Create

Guiding Principles

  • Emory University’s Mission and Vision
  • ALA Code and Ethics
  • Code of Ethics for Health Sciences Librarianship
  • SAA Core Values Statement and Code of Ethics

Connection to Institutional Mission

Emory University's mission is "To create, preserve, teach and apply knowledge in the service of humanity."

As the intellectual commons of the University, the Emory Libraries support that mission with resources and programs that promote interdisciplinary scholarship and academic excellence on the graduate and undergraduate level; with distinctive collections that attract outstanding students, faculty and staff; with technology-rich spaces and digital tools that enable new forms of scholarship; with public programs and exhibitions that help connect Emory University with its larger community; and with the preservation of rare materials that document the full range of the human condition.

Those activities take place throughout the Robert W. Woodruff Library and in the libraries that support Oxford College, the Candler School of Theology, Emory Law School, Goizueta Business School, and Emory’s Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health.


Ranked among the top 25 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in North America, Emory University Libraries in Atlanta and Oxford, Georgia, are an intellectual commons for Emory University. The Libraries’ holdings include more than 4 million print and electronic volumes, nearly 100,000 electronic journals, and internationally renowned special collections.