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About the Library System

Wayne State University is one of the nation's leading urban research universities with a demonstrated commitment to teaching and learning excellence. The University enrolls 31,000 students (approximately 18,000 undergraduate and 13,000 graduate/professional). The Wayne State campus is located in an attractive urban setting in the Detroit Cultural Center. Wayne State University Libraries rank among the top 60 libraries in the Association for Research Libraries. The library system consists of five major libraries and an ALA-accredited School of Library and Information Science. The Wayne State Library System is committed:

  • to being a national leader in the transition of library collections from print to electronic resources;
  • to offering excellent client services;
  • to training librarians (including school media specialists) in the information age; and
  • to developing and supporting student awareness of traditions, goals and structures of universities and their research libraries.

Mission Statement

Wayne State University Libraries advance scholarship, student learning and faculty innovation through continuous development of a library that serves as a national model for a research University with an urban teaching and service mission.