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Progress - Vision and Starting Point

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Drexel graduates and faculty are world-class self-directed learners distinguished by experiential and theoretical knowledge of their profession’s approach to creating solutions. Beyond mastery of their discipline’s scholarship, they are global citizens, with a common Drexel curiosity to uncover questions, create knowledge, and continue to learn.

For current Drexel learners, some new to higher education and others seasoned scholars, the Libraries is responsible for:

  • Provision of information access needed to create and contribute scholarship in support of Drexel’s teaching, learning, and service to society.
  • Expert guidance to develop self-directed learners’ information literacy skills for life-long intellectual passion and civic engagement.

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Drexel University Libraries serves nearly 25,000 students, 4,500 faculty, and various staff and community members.


Over 1.5 million items were downloaded from the Libraries’s electronic resources during fiscal year 2011, almost nine times the physical items borrowed.


Drexel University Libraries engages with Drexel communities through four physical locations, including W. W. Hagerty Library, Hahnemann Library, Queen Lane Library and the Library Learning Terrace, as well as a vibrant online presence which sees, on average, over 8,000 visits per day.


More than 12,000 learners attended the 502 instructional sessions conducted by the Libraries.


Libraries’ staff authored seven scholarly publications, including co-authorship of two monographs, and 25 presentations delivered at professional conferences held in ten states and Canada.


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