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The libraries support the educational mission of the University of South Dakota encompassing instruction, research and service by assuring ready access to a wide range of information resources held locally and worldwide; teaching information literacy, research and critical thinking skills for academic endeavors and lifelong learning; and providing an aesthetic, congenial and stimulating learning and working environment.


The libraries strive to support the university vision "to be the best small publicly supported university in the country" while serving as an intellectual and cultural center for the university. It functions as a place for research, exploration and collegiality where the tools and techniques of scholarship are stored, taught and renewed. The libraries must evolve to invigorate individual and group research as well as public interaction and discussion.