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Library Departments and Mission Statements

Dean of WKU Libraries: Susann deVries | 270-745-5055 | susann.devries@wku.edu

WKU Libraries’ mission is to equip students and faculty with the knowledge and resources necessary for academic success, and to provide the community with access to diverse collections and inclusive spaces. We support the essential research and creative activities of the WKU community, facilitate knowledge creation and discovery, and provide quality instruction and service for all patrons.

Department Chair: Laura DeLancey | 270-745-3979 | laura.delancey@wku.edu

The Department of Library Public Services is an essential partner in the research, creative activity, and academic success of the Western Kentucky University community. We equip students with the skills they need to discover, evaluate, and ethically incorporate a variety of information sources in their learning, and we enable the creation of new knowledge by curating information resources to support evolving research and curricular needs.

Department Head: Deana Groves | 270-745-6151 | deana.groves@wku.edu

WKU Libraries’ Department of Technical Services mission is to provide foundational support for student success and research interests within the WKU community by acquiring, licensing, and providing access to a diverse collection of digital, print, and physical resources. Through the management of the online library catalog, we facilitate knowledge creation and resource discovery for all patrons.

Department Head (Interim): Deana Groves | 270-745-6151 | deana.groves@wku.edu

The Special Collections Library supports WKU’s mission by facilitating research and lifelong learning. We acquire and preserve a unique collection spanning many disciplines and historical periods, while highlighting diverse and historically underrepresented communities. These collections are accessible both in person and virtually to serve students, faculty, and the research community.  Through outreach and active learning encounters, these primary and secondary resources serve to support the University’s curriculum while fostering student success, critical thinking, and original scholarship.


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 Last Modified 4/25/22