The Mission of the IUPUI University Library is to:
- INFORM the IUPUI campus and wider community of learners through our educational resources, technologies, and expertise.
- CONNECT people with our resources, our services and each other.
- TRANSFORM the lives of our community members by facilitating discovery, creativity, teaching, learning and research. University Library actively partners in the transformation of information to new and more accessible formats.
Promoting Excellence in Research
The University Library preserves and manages a wide array of collections to support academic research and individual inquiry. Our Philanthropy Collections, including the Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library and the Philanthropy Archives, are recognized internationally as leading resources for information relation to the history and practice of philanthropy. As the parent of the Herron Art Library, we also maintain a museum-caliber collection of over 500 rare artists’ books—works of art that are realized in the form of a book. And through our program of digital scholarship, we’ve created more than 60 online collections that make unique and historically important materials available to everyone via the Web.
Fostering Civic Engagement
In 2007 the University Library established the Diversity Scholars Program, a year-long paid opportunity for undergraduates to collaborate with library staff on research projects, special exhibits, and collection development. Our Diversity Scholars have initiated a number of unique public service projects that had an impact right here in our own neighborhood, and as far away as Cernavaca, Mexico, where a lending library was established at a rural community center.
Supporting Student Success
Research classes are among the most important services IUPUI librarians have to offer students. Fifty-four percent of the students in these classes are incoming freshmen. Over one half of fall freshmen at IUPUI are first-generation college students, and the skills they learn through library classes can be crucial to academic success.