A bird's eye view of the circulation desk in the campus library.The Waidner-Spahr Library supports Dickinson College in its mission to prepare young people, by means of a useful education in liberal arts and sciences, for engaged lives of citizenship and leadership in the service of society. Our commitment is to support the Dickinson College community in teaching, learning, scholarship, and service activities by facilitating access to information in all formats, by maintaining a physical and digital library environment that enhances research, study and community, and by nurturing in library users the critical approaches to information necessary for academic success, professional accomplishment, and lifelong learning. We recognize and value the role of the library as the place where the disciplines meet.

We do this by:

  • providing information resources for inquiry and study
  • facilitating access to the universe of recorded knowledge
  • working collaboratively with faculty to align library collections and services with the educational goals and directions of the college
  • developing and implementing a sequenced and integrated approach to teaching research and information skills
  • maintaining a physical environment that engenders openness, creativity, diligence, inspiration, and fellowship
  • upholding and articulating standards of academic honesty in the use of information
  • providing a high level of personalized service
  • applying technologies and approaches that enhance both the library’s services and the users’ experiences
  • observing and analyzing our environment, gathering data systematically and assessing effectiveness of programs and processes continually
  • preserving, organizing, and providing access to the material history of the College
  • seeking, developing, and applying best professional practices to our tasks
  • celebrating creative approaches to program and process improvement

We value:

  • Equality of access to information
  • Good stewardship of resources
  • The application of professional expertise in pursuit of excellence
  • Critical assessment
  • Continuous improvement
  • Relevance of the Library to the College, its community, and the world