Estelle and Melvin Gelman LibraryEckles Library at the Mount Vernon CampusVirginia Science and Technology Campus Library

Vision, Mission, and Values

Our Vision:

To become a premier intellectual resource center dedicated to anticipating and exceeding user expectations with a staff firmly committed to excellent customer service and continuous learning and improvement.

Our Mission:

The Mission of the George Washington University Libraries is to enable GW faculty and students, regardless of location, to meet their curricular, research and information needs. With a commitment to excellence in services, the Libraries offer quality information resources and creative and innovative options to support the intellectual inquiry, research and lifelong learning needs of the unique university community they serve.

Our Values in the Workplace

Quality & Excellence

  • in service that meets the expressed and anticipated needs of students and faculty
  • in collections that support the curricular and research requirements of students and faculty
  • in staff who demonstrate the highest standards of service, competence and integrity


  • that encourages the development of critical thinking skills
  • that improves and expands information literacy
  • that promotes intellectual independence

Creativity & Innovation

  • in generating ideas
  • in providing services
  • in problem-solving
  • in decision-making


  • that inspires achievement and encourages initiative
  • that promotes professional growth and development
  • that encourages risk-taking


  • for the exploration and expression of ideas
  • for our multi-cultural and diverse environment
  • in our behavior for the feelings and sensibilities of others


  • in our actions
  • in our personal and professional conduct
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