Our Vision

Empowering Cornell’s research and learning community with deep expertise, innovative services, and outstanding collections strengthened by strategic partnerships.

Our Mission

Cornell University Library promotes a culture of broad inquiry and supports the University’s mission to discover, preserve, and disseminate knowledge and creative expression. It engages with the ongoing transformations of society to deliver world-class physical and digital content and services critical to research, education, and outreach, now and in the future. The Library acts globally, supporting Cornell’s land grant mission in New York State and beyond, and builds partnerships within and outside the university. It invests in its staff, collections, and physical and virtual libraries. And, it serves as a neutral and trusted party supporting information access and scholarly communication.

Our Values 

The greater good 

We advance the principles of democracy, justice, and inclusion, and we promote intellectual freedom by empowering discovery through the broadest possible access to information. 

Human-centered approach 

We respect the whole person. We build services, including collections, centered on the needs of our current and future users. We foster a healthy workplace by promoting engagement and growth for all. 


We seek bold solutions. We are collaborative, agile, and committed to continuous improvement. 


We earn trust by consistently putting our words into action and through responsible stewardship of university resources. 

Sustainable practices 

We act intentionally as One Library and in concert with the University and the broader library and academic communities.