Mission and Values Statements


HCL Mission Statement

The Harvard College Library supports the teaching and research activities of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the University. Beyond this primary responsibility, the Library serves, to the extent feasible, the larger scholarly community.

The Library acquires, organizes, preserves, and makes readily available collections of scholarly materials in all media and formats.

The Library fulfills its mission by providing intellectual access to materials and information available at the University and elsewhere, by providing assistance and training in the location and use of these materials, and by providing facilities and services for research and study.


HCL Values Statement

In fulfilling the Library's Mission, we in the Harvard College Library affirm our responsibility to serve our community and to apply our resources effectively to provide access to a broad array of information sources. We are committed to the continued excellence of our collections and the preservation of our cultural heritage.

We are committed to creating a work environment built on respect and recognition for both individual and group accomplishments, that fosters personal safety and supports the personal and professional growth of all staff members. We value teamwork, creativity, and risk-taking. We cultivate collaborative relationships and value quality of performance, striving for excellence through competence and dedication to hard work.

Respecting our individuality, we recognize the contributions that the diversity of backgrounds, experience, and thinking styles brings to the workplace. We offer each other support and speak respectfully of others in their absence. As colleagues, we treat each other with courtesy, and seek to resolve conflicts constructively, even when we disagree.

Effective communication is fundamental to our vision. This calls for honest, timely, concise, inclusive sharing of ideas, goals, programs, expectations, and procedures. We value initiative, flexibility, and openness to new ideas and technologies. In an ever-changing environment, we recognize the power of shared insight and creative thought as crucial to visionary leadership and our commitment to the work we do.


Harvard University Values Statement

Harvard University aspires to provide education and scholarship of the highest quality—to advance the frontiers of knowledge and to prepare individuals for life, work, and leadership. Achieving these aims depends on the efforts of thousands of faculty, students, and staff across the University. Some of us make our contribution by engaging directly in teaching, learning, and research; others of us, by supporting and enabling those core activities in essential ways. Whatever our individual roles, and wherever we work within Harvard, we owe it to one another to uphold certain basic values of the community. These include:

  • Respect for the rights, differences, and dignity of others
  • Honesty and integrity in all dealings
  • Conscientious pursuit of excellence in one's work
  • Accountability for actions and conduct in the workplace

The more we embrace these values in our daily lives, the more we create and sustain an environment of trust, cooperation, lively inquiry, and mutual understanding—and advance a commitment to education and scholarship, which all of us share.


HUCTW Statement of Mutual Respect & Cooperation

Harvard University is committed to recognizing and acknowledging the dignity of its employees.

All members of the Harvard community are expected to regard and relate to one another within this spirit of dignity and to treat each other as they themselves would wish to be treated.

An attitude and atmosphere of mutual respect, cooperation, and consideration fosters the best work environment.

Courtesy, kindness, and respect for others are part of a positive and productive working life. This includes being sensitive to the pressures, both on and off the job, that can affect a person's performance and sense of wellbeing.

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