Our Mission, Vision and Values are being revised.


The Libraries are central to Colby’s scholarship, providing scholarly resources and services to advance students’ and faculty’s teaching, learning and research experiences.

To fulfill our mission we:

  • Teach and guide students to discover, evaluate and ethically use information
  • Collaborate with faculty to enable their individual teaching and research needs
  • Identify, acquire, preserve, and provide access to scholarly works and resources that support teaching and faculty and student research
  • Manage, preserve and promote use of the college’s rare and unique materials, among other primary sources
  • Provide user-centered spaces for group and individual research, study, collaboration, and contemplation


We will remain indispensable to Colby’s mission and priorities by:

  • Collaborating with faculty to integrate library and information resources into the curriculum and research processes.
  • Re-conceptualizing our physical and virtual spaces to best support the Colby experience
  • Managing the shift to increasingly digital collections and continuing to acquire and preserve physical materials as critical for scholarship
  • Focusing on services in which all users are valued and accommodated
  • Continuing to develop our incredible staff to foster a flexible and innovative organization
  • Partnering with the wider community to provide broader access to resources
  • Instilling a culture of assessment to evaluate and continuously improve our collections and services

Core Values

In pursuing our mission and vision we are guided by commitment to:

  • Liberal Arts Teaching, Research and Scholarship: we encourage the process of discovery, learning, and the development of the mind through investigation and discourse
  • Customer-focused Service: we commit to service excellence, diversity and to meeting the evolving needs of our users