Mission & Values


The Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois empowers Illinois academic and research libraries to create and sustain a rich, supportive, and diverse knowledge environment that furthers excellence in teaching, learning, research, and innovation in order to serve students, faculty, and researchers. As a collective, CARLI adds value to member libraries of all types, sizes, and missions by sharing costs, collections, expertise, programs, products, and services.

CARLI Statement of Values

Careful stewardship of all CARLI resources

Cooperation and engagement among academic and research libraries

Responsiveness to member needs

Commitment to intellectual freedom, privacy, security of library records, library standards, and open access to information resources

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

Innovation in identifying and implementing collaborative solutions to shared challenges

(Revised 2018)