The University Libraries are an academic division of the University, serving the knowledge and information needs of the University Community and the general public, at the Robert L. Carothers Library and Learning Commons in Kingston and at the two branch locations: the College of Continuing Education Library in Providence, and the Pell Marine Science Library, at the Narragansett Bay Campus.
Library faculty provide materials and services across campuses, including providing for-credit instruction, collaborating with faculty across disciplines to provide targeted class-specific instruction, and selecting print and electronic resources in accordance with the University’s mission.
The University of Rhode Island Libraries, utilizing the newest technologies, will insure optimum access to, and delivery of, information for the University and State of Rhode Island. As partners in the teaching, research, and service missions of the University, the libraries will continue to acquire, organize, and preserve materials in all formats and provide instruction in their use.
The library is an academic division within the University which has a mandate to serve the knowledge and information needs of the University Community and the general public. The library is the principal campus resource for human creativity and memory in traditional and electronic formats providing a truly global information environment.
The library is responsive to students and their instructional needs, to faculty and their teaching and research needs, and to administrators and their information needs. Librarians are committed to safeguarding intellectual freedom, to preserving and organizing the institution’s records, to providing sophisticated reference services, and to engaging in bibliographic exchange on both regional and national scales.
The library provides an environment conducive to scholarly research and study. It is a vital and interdisciplinary resource whose support by the University exemplifies its commitment to educational excellence.
May 1994, rev. Aug. 2006