Our Mission, Vision and Values

The J. Willard Marriott Library is the flagship academic library for the Utah State System of Higher Education and the largest state-funded academic library in the six-state region of Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. As the primary service hub and destination for students, the Marriott Library is integral to the teaching, research and public life missions of the University of Utah. The library’s mission is to inspire the creation, discovery and use of knowledge for Utah and the world. Library holdings include 3 million volumes and nearly 200 unique digital collections containing countless photographs, maps, books, audio recordings, newspaper articles and other items. Important collections span Utah, the Mormons, and the West to extensive science, engineering, medical and legal archives. The library also holds more than 1 million historical photographs and extensive film collections.

The Marriott Library inspires the creation, discovery, and use of knowledge for Utah and the world.

World-class resources, user-focused services, expert and responsive staff, and a technology-rich, inviting library will make us the knowledge provider of choice for life-long learning.

We exist for our patrons. We value: 

  • Building and preserving our collections 
  • Cooperation, collaboration, and trust 
  • Continuous learning 
  • Creativity, growth, innovation, and risk taking 
  • Diversity 
  • Environmental sustainability 
  • Freedom of information 
  • Mutual respect 
  • Open communication 
  • Patron privacy 
  • Productivity and accountability 
  • Service excellence 
  • Visionary and progressive leadership