Our Strategic Statement

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

Our Dream (Vision)

To be distinguished as a top 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 the 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 and 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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