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Mission, vision and strategy

On January 1, 2017, the State and University Library in Aarhus and The Royal Library in Copenhagen merged. The institutions will be collectively known as the Royal Danish Library.

Our mission, vision and strategy are described below. The mission defines our fundamental purpose, while the vision expresses what we endeavour to become. The strategy explains how we plan to carry out our mission and make our vision a reality.

Mission

The State and University Library contributes to development and general education by giving users the opportunity to navigate through global information resources and by preserving and making cultural heritage accessible.

As university library for Aarhus University, the State and University Library develops and provides service that supports the university's strategy for research, education and knowledge dissemination.

As the main loan centre for Danish public libraries, the State and University Library develops and provides services that supplement the public libraries' service to the citizens. The State and University Library serves as a central deposit library and loan centre, and supports service to ethnic minorities and immigrants.

As a national library
, the State and University Library preserves and makes accessible Danish newspapers and audiovisual media, as well as Danish websites and Danish books and journals.

As a research institution, the State and University Library conducts research on information and media.

Vision

The State and University Library contributes to critical and active citizenship in a globalised world by giving more people access to more content as a source for experience and knowledge.

Strategy 2015-2018

The State and University Library's resources and competences give the library a strategic position, which it will exploit in collaboration with relevant partners in order to develop service that is of value to the users.

The State and University Library will

  • Spread and share the library's many services with more people.
  • Be present on more platforms and in more spaces.
  • Make it easy to use text, sound and images in many different combinations and contexts.