A note from Dean Robert H. McDonald

Dean's Social Justice Statement

Robert McDonald, Dean of the University LibrariesWelcome to the University Libraries, the heart of CU Boulder. We are proud to support students, faculty, staff, Coloradans, and visiting scholars by providing essential scholarly resources, user-centered services, and inclusive and welcoming spaces.

Our impressive research collections contain over 4.5 million volumes and 2.5 million e-resources. We fulfilled more than 90,000 borrowing requests from other libraries and more than 1.9 million people passed through our gates in just the past academic year, with even more visits through our online services.

However, numbers cannot fully convey our greatest resource, the dedicated and expert faculty and staff of the Libraries. Whether helping a first-year student on a research project or collaborating with faculty on instruction, our Librarians serve as dynamic partners in creating, disseminating and advancing scholarship. Our staff offers help navigating the diverse services available at the Libraries, while providing an inclusive, safe and welcoming environment with equitable support for all people at each of our five locations.

In addition to our committed faculty and staff, the Libraries collaborate with other CU Boulder departments to offer services through the Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship, the Writing Center, the Buff Techs Desktop Support and a variety of exhibits and art, often student-generated, throughout the Libraries. Now is an exciting time to connect with the Libraries as we embark on a partnership to offer the new Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate.

At the Libraries we value diversity of thought, perspective, experience and background. We encourage open access, open data, and open educational resources. We inspire learning, research and discovery by connecting knowledge, information and people. And we invite you to let us know how we can better serve your academic and personal research goals by visiting Ask a Librarian or emailing libraries@colorado.edu. The Libraries are a committed partner in the research lifecycle and we want to work with you to lead, innovate and positively impact the world.


Robert H. McDonald
Dean of University Libraries

Sr. Vice Provost for Online Education