About the Library

The Simmons University Library fully supports the educational needs of all members of the Simmons Community—students, faculty, staff, alumnae/i, and guests.

Housed in Lefavour Hall on Simmons' main campus, the Library offers a comfortable and productive environment for learning, including an array of group study rooms, meeting rooms, event spaces, and quiet study areas.

The Library's collections of print and electronic books, journals, and other media, have been developed to enhance the curriculum, and library staff are available to assist users with accessing and using these resources. The Simmons University Archives is located in the Library and houses a collection of University records, publications, manuscripts, photographs, and rare books that document the history of Simmons University.

Mission

The Simmons University Library connects the Simmons University community to information, discovery, and learning.

Vision

The Simmons University Library is an active participant in the student learning experience, an essential component of a Simmons education, and a vital asset to the University, fostering an institution-wide culture of academic inquiry and knowledge cultivation.

  • The Library's collections, resources, and environments—both physical and virtual—enhance and promote critical thinking and the discovery and use of information through their design and accessibility. Library resources are allocated toward the attainment of specific objectives and are thoughtfully assessed.
  • Librarians apply subject-specific and professional expertise to the selection, use, and evaluation of scholarly resources and anticipate and effectively respond to changes in student learning outcomes and assessment, student and faculty needs and expectations, and professional and market trends. Librarians collaborate with faculty and other members of the Simmons Community to develop and deliver student-focused learning opportunities and support faculty teaching, applied research, and clinical practice.
  • The Library staff offers relevant and targeted resources and services to all students—from first-year undergraduate through those completing post-graduate work, whether on-campus or distance learners—and reinforces the University's commitment to diversity and inclusiveness. The Library staff actively supports students' attainment of learning outcomes, their intellectual growth, and their academic and career aspirations.