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Mission & Values

Mission Statement

The Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library provides access to an extensive array of information resources and tools, offers research assistance and expertise, and delivers meaningful services to our users, to support innovation and excellence in biomedical research, patient care, and the development of scholars and future leaders in healthcare. 

Guiding Principles

  • Be vital to the mission of Yale University and the Yale New Haven Medical Center.
  • Understand the changing and diverse needs of our patrons, both local and remote.
  • Be flexible and quick to adapt to changing needs and technologies.
  • Promote and use the best tool for the job.
  • Exceed patron expectations in providing high quality collections, services, 
    and education.
  • Represent the Library's ethic of honesty, integrity, and trust.
  • Support the staff in meeting the mission and guiding principles of the library.

Yale University Library Community Values

Yale University Library’s (YUL) community values serve as a reminder of our principles.  Underpinning these values is a commitment to the free and respectful interchange of ideas.  We intend for the following values to serve as guiding principles for everything we do.

Values Statement

We, as members of the Yale University Library community, affirm our responsibility and commitment to create and foster a respectful, cooperative, and courteous environment for ourselves and anyone who enters our physical or virtual spaces. We affirm the right of each staff member and library user to utilize these spaces free from harassment or denigration. As members of the YUL community we hold ourselves and each other accountable for abiding by these community values.


We honor our commitments and hold ourselves and each other accountable for them.


We treat people equally well regardless of position or status. We honor individual differences and continually strive to create an environment that is diverse and inclusive, in which each person is valued.


We encourage open communication. We think before we speak, listen carefully, respond respectfully, and acknowledge that everyone’s ideas are worthy of consideration.