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Library strategic plan


Our strategic plan, Library Futures (2011), produced many achievements including:

  • The development of the Laidlaw Library which attracted £12M of external funding and opened in May 2015 introducing new types of study spaces into our service offer
  • A range of learning opportunities provided by our Skills@Library team which has won international recognition
  • Services in support of open access publishing including the launch with our White Rose Library partners of the open access White Rose Universities Press
  • A research data management service
  • A new exhibition facility, Treasures of the Brotherton, for our outstanding Special Collections funded by a donation from the Brotherton family and a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Improved access to collections through better discovery tools and improved metadata.

I would like to pay tribute to the creativity and commitment of all Library staff. The success of this outstanding Library is down to them. As a result, our rich resources now make an ever more significant contribution to the University’s commitment to deliver distinctive learning opportunities and to achieve significant increases in research quality, income and impact.

Over the next five years we aim to build on these strengths, expanding our collections and exploring new ways of supporting our staff and students as well as engaging with communities beyond the campus. We will support the University’s increasing international profile and strengthen key cultural partnerships.

Our plans for 2016-2021 align the Library with the University’s strategic plan Investing in Knowledge and Opportunity. We have four main goals:

  • To enable scholarship through collections which engage with communities on campus and beyond, developing and promoting our distinctive Special Collections as a research platform
  • To provide outstanding student opportunities and support internationalisation
  • To partner in the process of research and innovation.
  • To develop a more effective organisation

Dr Stella Butler
University Librarian and Keeper of the Brotherton Collection