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CWU Libraries is committed to being a full partner with students and faculty in providing transformative teaching, learning, and research. We provide a wide variety of services, resources, and programs. We seek to make our offerings even more deeply integrated with the needs of our students and the greater CWU community.

Guiding Directions

  • Be a partner in transformative teaching, learning, and research
  • Welcome the university community with excellent service and resources, seamless access to those resources and services, and inclusive spaces and programs accessible and approachable to all
  • Add to the quality of life of the CWU community
  • Create and extend an atmosphere of inclusiveness and diversity

Key Three-Year Goals

  • Create welcoming user experiences and inclusive access by transforming physical spaces and creating virtual spaces and services
  • Create diversity in the collections across disciplines and formats
  • Create pathways to affordable course materials
  • Build digital humanities teaching, learning, and research support
  • Build data management services
  • Create and nurture a nimble, responsive CWU Libraries organization

Anti-Racism Action Plan

The CWU Libraries commits to the dismantling of institutionalized racism through our work. We acknowledge historical and current inequality due to racism in higher education in general and in libraries specifically. We seek to make access to resources for teaching, learning, and research without barrier and without bias.

We commit to:

  • Proactive removal of barriers to information and resources
  • Making available underrepresented voices in the academic record
  • Supporting expansion and deepening of CWU efforts to dismantle institutionalized racism

Specific manifestations of these commitments for Academic Year 2021 are (but not limited to):

  • Our outreach to first year students, which we seek to expand;
  • Our adding and promoting primary resources from underrepresented groups through our collections;
  • Our collaboration across the University to provide and promote dialogue;
  • Our contributions to raise the profile of Africana and Black Studies, El Centro Latinx for Latino and Latin American Studies, American Indian Studies, Asian Studies, and Women and Gender Studies

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History of CWU Libraries

Library Advisory Council

Reports to the Dean of Libraries or designee and shall advise the Dean on the development of library collections, policies, and services. The Council will develop and adopt operational guidelines that will direct the Council’s work into the future. The Council is charged with:

  • Providing input and guidance on matters related to the operational effectiveness of the Central Washington University Libraries.
  • Serves as advocates for the libraries to the university community and beyond.
  • Represents the students, faculty and staff in library-related needs.
  • Actively searches for ways to improve the libraries and promote programs to make our patrons aware of our resources and services, including those of the wider community.


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