Our Strategic Statement

To give effect to the University strategy by positioning the NWU Library and Information Service  within  the  teaching-learning, research and public engagement functions of the University through the provision of access to world-class information resources and services.

Our Dream (Vision)

To be distinguished as a leading university library  in  Africa  and  beyond,  known  for commitment  to  partnership  in  student success,  esteemed  open  scholarship  and research.

Our Purpose (Mission)

The  NWU  Library  and  Information  Service  provides  access  to  cutting-edge  and impactful  resources  and  services  to fulfil  academic  expectations  of  our  user communities  in  a  professional,  creative and innovative manner.


Our Values

The LIS embeds the following foundational values, based on the constitutional values of human dignity, equality and freedom, and subscribes to the following client-focused values:

  • Ethics in all endeavours
  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Openness and transparency
  • Embracing diversity
  • Fairness

Strategic Plan


Strategic plan 2021-2025

6 Strategic priority areas of the LIS strategic plan 2021-2025


Annual Reports

Strategic Plans


Policies and Guidelines


Loan Services

Information Services

Research and Open Scholarship Services

Information Resources

Library Systems

Quality Assurance


The purpose of Quality Assurance (QA) in the LIS is to develop and establish procedures for monitoring, maintaining and promoting standards of library services, facilities and resources in alignment with the Library and Information Service strategic goals, with support and advice from the NWU Quality Enhancement Office.

LIS Quality Manual

Quality assurance tools

Peer evaluations

Benchmarking visits

Benchmarking action plan



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