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Mission, Vision and Values

The  WVU Libraries encompasses seven libraries: the Downtown Campus Library, Evansdale Library, Health Sciences Library (Morgantown), Law Library, Health Sciences Library (Charleston), Mary F. Shipper Library at Potomac State College, Beckley Library at WVU Institute of Technology, and West Virginia and Regional History Center. Our collections include more than 1.8 million books, 400,000 eBooks, and 117,000 eJournals.

More information about the Libraries is available in our 2022 Annual Report.


The mission of the WVU Libraries is to collect, preserve, and provide access to information that enables learning and the advancement of knowledge and to actively participate as a partner in WVU’s high‐quality education.

student working on laptop at Health Sciences Library


The WVU Libraries are intellectual, cultural, and social centers  that support the University’s goal to attain national research prominence; the Libraries also serve as an essential information resource for the people of West Virginia.  To excel in these roles, we seek to:

WVU Native American Studies Land Acknowledgement

View the full text of WVU's land acknowledgement statement.

Library History

The Charles C. Wise Library: A Retrospective

This 32 page book (5,569KB PDF) presents the fascinating story of the “tremendous setting for learning” and contains beautiful photographs documenting the library’s growth from 1931 to 2006.

Brief History of the WVU Libraries from 1931

This 20 page history (136KB PDF) covers the WVU Libraries from 1931 to 1999.