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Mission and Vision


Special Collections at the University of Maryland Libraries acquires, preserves, and organizes rare and unique materials that document many facets of the human experience. We play an active role in the teaching, outreach, research, and service missions of the university community and serve as a dynamic resource for all researchers.


Recognized for premier and unique collections, the University of Maryland Libraries will support the educational and research mission of the University. These collections enrich scholarly opportunities for the University’s students, faculty, and staff, as well as those of state, national, and international communities.

The staff of Special Collections fosters the discovery of the collections through innovative and user-oriented technology, teaching, partnerships, and outreach.