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Our vision & values 


To be central to the University community as a valued facilitator, partner, and catalyst for learning, research, and knowledge-creation on campus. 


The values that drive our vision are: 

  • Learning 
  • Service 
  • Intellectual freedom  
  • Stewardship 
  • Access 
  • Innovation 
  • Communication 
  • Integrity 

Strategic priorities 

Our strategic priorities for 2017-2023

  • Transform our physical and digital spaces in order to create tailored, cohesive, and accessible experiences for our users.  
  • Integrate services and resources into teaching and learning in order to deliver library content to users at point of need.  
  • Position the library as the hub of open initiatives in order to enhance sharing of educational materials and research outputs.  
  • Contribute to strategic campus initiatives in order to achieve shared goals.  
  • Foster an inclusive and engaged staff culture in order to grow and develop as an organization.  
  • Adopt evidence-based practices in order to inform decisions about library policies and programming.  

Learn more about how we’re working towards our current strategic priorities (PDF - 77kb). 


While the McLaughlin Library is located on the main U of G campus, we are affiliated with the University of Guelph-Humber Library as well as a regional campus library on the Ridgetown Campus. 

In keeping with our mandate to support and participate in the wider academic community, we are also members of: 


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Annual reports 


The library is committed to ensuring that members of our user community with disabilities have equal access to our services and resources and that their dignity and independence is always respected. If you encounter a barrier and/or need an alternate format, please fill out our Library Print and Multimedia Alternate-Format Request Form. Contact us if you’d like to provide feedback: