Our organization

Watch our video, We Are University Libraries, for a two-minute introduction to our organization.

Mission, vision, and values

Mission: The University of Arizona Libraries are enterprising partners in advancing the University's priorities. We cultivate an environment that promotes inquiry, creative endeavor, scholarly communication and lifelong learning. Our resources, services and expertise enrich the lives of Arizonans, and contribute to an expanding global academic community.

Vision: The Libraries are the intellectual crossroads of the University, enabling innovative interdisciplinary research, scholarship and creative endeavor.

Values: Our organization and employees identified five core values that we strive to incorporate into our work.

 diversity, continuous learning, innovation, collaboration, integrity

Strategic map

Learn where our strategic map is guiding us, or take a sneak peek video tour.

Organizational structure

The library is made up of ten departments and has close to 200 employees. Library leadership includes administrators, departments heads, and representatives from shared governance groups for library faculty, appointed professionals, and staff.

See our organizational chart and read about the history of our libraries.

Our impact in numbers


Number of libraries, including Special Collections


Employees (librarians, staff, student workers)
7,670 Reference questions answered


Technology items loaned


Books and articles borrowed from or loaned to other libraries

2,341,077 Total visits to the libraries
4,761,166 Searches on our website
9,040,000 Print volumes, electronic books and journals in our collection
9,145,046 Electronic articles and ebooks accessed

Data from FY 2017-18