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 technology
  • Cultivate 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

Strategic Themes/Programmatic Areas

Organization Development & Culture

The most essential component of any organization is its staff. With this in mind, the Libraries will work to expand our capacity as a learning organization. We will implement activities and strategies to enhance our ability to quickly adapt to emerging trends and technology; cultivate a work environment and culture to mentor and encourage creative thought; and develop an agile and resilient workforce eager to be full partners contributing the best possible expertise, services, and resources to advance success.

Infrastructure & Innovation

The Libraries provide space, infrastructure, and tools to enable innovation and advance the success of our students, faculty, and staff in teaching, learning, and research. Our environment adapts to the diversity of our clientele; our infrastructure facilitates discovery, and our tools inspire creativity and new forms of scholarship.

Current initiatives in this area include:

Collaboration & Engagement

Collaboration is essential if we are to leverage our resources, expand our knowledge and expertise, and provide the best possible services for our customers. The Libraries strive to be embedded and engaged in Emory's academic enterprise; we assist and partner in the creation and dissemination of knowledge for students and scholars and preserve it for future generations.

Community & Customer Focus

The Libraries provide diverse environments and a broad array of programming for social and intellectual engagement and interaction for the University and the broader community. Teaching and interpretive programs developed by our curators and connected to our collections build awareness and inspire discussions and new ideas. We survey and assess our effectiveness to measure and evaluate our impact and effectiveness to meet and exceed expectations.

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.

Diversity Statement

Emory Libraries recognize diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values integral to achieving our mission to enrich the quality of life and advance intellectual discovery by connecting people of diverse backgrounds and experiences.

We champion an inclusive work environment through competency training, reassurance of personal growth, restorative communication practices, and diverse recruitment and retention.

We offer exhibits, collections, programming, and research assistance that speaks to the rich needs and identities of patrons from the Emory community and beyond.

We embrace opportunities that strengthen these values. We invite you to bring your true self to the library and feel welcomed when you arrive.