Mission & Values


The Consortium leads Illinois academic libraries to create and sustain a rich, supportive, and diverse knowledge environment that furthers teaching, learning, and research through the sharing of collections, expertise, and programs.

CARLI Statement of Values

Cooperation among academic and research libraries of all types, sizes and missions.

Respect for the diverse missions and populations served by member institutions.

Recognition of each member institution’s autonomy.

Sharing the full range of academic library resources effectively and economically.

Free and open access to all intellectual resources.

Excellence in providing services and programs.

Innovation in identifying and implementing collaborative solutions to shared challenges.

Responsiveness to member needs.

Cost-effectiveness in the delivery of programs, services, and products.

Careful stewardship of all CARLI resources.

Protecting the privacy and security of library records.

Supporting intellectual freedom.

Advocacy for academic and research libraries at the local, state, regional and national levels.