The mission of Bethel University is to create opportunities for members of the learning community to develop to their highest potential as whole persons – intellectually, spiritually, socially, and physically – in a Christian environment.
The Library @ Bethel University strives to support the Bethel community in all its information seeking needs. We endeavor to be a positive collaborator in learning and a laboratory where the skills of critical thinking and life-long learning can be nurtured and developed. Our overall objective is to be an organization that reflects the Christian values and forward thinking of an institution where individuals are educated for work and life in the 21st century.
In keeping with this mission, the Library faculty and staff seek to:
1. Affirm the vision and mission of Bethel University;
2. Provide courteous, responsive service to the students, faculty and staff of Bethel University and to the greater McKenzie community in locating, evaluating, and effectively using library resources;
3. Promote information literacy and critical thinking skills that are essential to being confident, productive members of society in the 21st century;
4. Strive for a balanced, current, and relevant collection of resources in both traditional and electronic formats that provide personal, professional, academic and career-oriented information to meet the changing needs of the community;
5. Provide instructional programs to teach library users to think critically about information;
6. Ensure a comfortable and safe learning environment for all students;
7. Provide professionally qualified librarians and a skilled technical staff that support the use of information in learning.