Library Mission

Library Mission Statement

The purpose of the Cowan - Blakley Memorial Library is to contribute to the fulfillment of the University's mission by pursuing the following objectives:

  • To select, acquire, organize, maintain and make accessible a collection of printed and non-printed, primary and secondary materials which will support the educational, research, and public service programs of the undergraduate and graduate schools of the University.
  • To respond to the varying needs of the academic community by involving faculty, students, and administration in the development and periodic assessment of library services and resources.
  • To provide essential services to University students, faculty, and staff to enhance research and promote learning.
  • To provide an orientation program to teach new users how to obtain individual assistance, access bibliographic information, and locate materials.
  • To provide library users with point-of-use instruction, personal assistance in conducting library research, and other reference services.
  • To provide an environment conducive to the optimum use of library materials and an appropriate schedule of hours of service and professional assistance.
  • To participate in any overall University-wide computing resources plan, and to provide for full library utilization of automation technology and for physical facilities and equipment adequate to process, catalog, and store the materials.
  • To implement a policy for the recruitment, retention, and development of qualified service-oriented librarians, and of support staff.
  • To enhance the library's resources and services through cooperative relationships with other libraries and agencies.

News

Annual MLK Day Symposium Fosters Discussion on Spirituality of Nonviolence and Inclusion

After spending nearly a decade in the banking industry, Sister Josephine (Toni) Garrett, C.S.F.N., BA '03, began searching for ways to build upon her Catholic faith, and on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, she fostered a discussion on discipleship and discernment as she delivered the university's annual Martin Luther King Day Symposium lecture titled "I've Been to the Mountaintop: Reflections on a Spirituality of Nonviolence and Inclusion."

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UD Gathers Renowned Catholic Journalists to Examine the Modern Papacy

The University of Dallas is honored to bring together three of the most prominent voices in Catholic journalism in the United States for the 2018 Eugene McDermott Lectureship titled "The Papacy in the 21st Century: Where Are We, and Where Are We Going?" Ross Douthat (New York Times) and Austen Ivereigh (Crux), with John Allen Jr. (Crux) serving as moderator, will examine the modern papacy, situating Pope Francis' pontificate in the context of recent papal history, the broader Catholic tradition and the future of Catholicism.

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Politics Professor Invested as Knight of Malta

"The Order of Malta has an emphasis that is very ancient," said Assistant Professor of Politics Gladden Pappin, who was invested in the order in November as a Knight of Magistral Grace. "There is a deep connection to the Catholic European heritage."

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