June 18, 2013—At a recent meeting, the Harvard Library Board approved a mission statement for the Harvard Library:
The Harvard Library advances scholarship and teaching by committing itself to the creation, application, preservation and dissemination of knowledge.
Drafting the first University-wide library mission statement was an early task of the Library Leadership Team (LLT). In March of this year, the LLT circulated an early draft and consulted with faculty members, members of the library staff and other key constituents in open sessions and online. Feedback was incorporated in the final draft that was presented and approved by the Board.
The Harvard Library mission statement will be posted in the About Us section of the Library portal.