Mission and Values

Middlebury College Mission 

At Middlebury College we challenge students to participate fully in a vibrant and diverse academic community. The College's Vermont location offers an inspirational setting for learning and reflection, reinforcing our commitment to integrating environmental stewardship into both our curriculum and our practices on campus. Yet the College also reaches far beyond the Green Mountains, offering a rich array of undergraduate and graduate programs that connect our community to other places, countries, and cultures. We strive to engage students' capacity for rigorous analysis and independent thought within a wide range of disciplines and endeavors, and to cultivate the intellectual, creative, physical, ethical, and social qualities essential for leadership in a rapidly changing global community. Through the pursuit of knowledge unconstrained by national or disciplinary boundaries, students who come to Middlebury learn to engage the world.

Library and Information Services Mission

We bring knowledge to you. We help you explore, use and contribute to it as you engage the world.


  • We give priority to the academic mission.

  • We welcome change. We seek out innovations and ideas that improve the College and our community.

  • We insist on high quality service, resources, tools and performance. We accomplish this through ownership, accountability, and team work.

  • We respect our community, our co-workers, and the environment.

  • We make decisions openly whenever possible and involve stakeholders in the process.  We trust our professional judgment.

  • We value people from all walks of life and their perspectives. We believe that productive conflict strengthens our work together.  

  • We encourage each other to take informed risks and to learn from mistakes.

  • We accept that work is challenging, and the challenge can be fun.