About University Digital Library and Learning Commons

The University Digital Library and Learning Commons serves as the knowledge center and information repository hub for the students and faculty of Grambling State University. The library’s physical space encourages intellectual exploration, academic and technology support.  As the intellectual crossroads of the university, the library fosters the growth of knowledge.

Mission Statement

To provide access to information and resources that support and stimulate research and scholarship in a digital environment to students, faculty, staff, and University community. To enrich the teaching and research opportunities, stimulating intellectual creativity and curiosity in the promotion of life-long learning and critical thinking.

Vision Statement

The University Library is the central academic information hub of the university, promoting the concept of a library without walls. As a leader of the 21st-century digital academic research library, we strive to facilitate access to resources, connecting users and community information to teach, learn, develop, innovate and research that develops life-long learning and critical thinking skills. By creating a welcoming and comfortable environment that encourages excellence, growth, and diversity.

Value Statement

The University Library is guided, defined, and informed by the following set of values, which lay the foundation of the library: service, access, confidentiality/privacy, diversity, education, and lifelong learning, intellectual freedom, and professionalism.


The main goal of the library is to provide quality services and equitable access to resources in all formats to support the undergraduate, graduate, professional, and continuing education programs, which effectively support and enrich the university's mission and goals.

  1. Strengthen the library's program and enhance access to library materials.
  2. Align the library operations with American Library Association (ALA)/Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) standards.
  3. Provide an atmosphere that is comfortable, conducive to learning, and research.
  4. Encourage collaboration with various constituencies on campus and externally:  Enhance research collaborations with faculty and other researchers and by supporting the intellectual development of the students in providing opportunities for utilizing information technologies in preparation for participation in the global society.


The primary purpose of the library is to promote and support the undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs, and the continuing education, distance and international education programs of Grambling State University.

Resources and services: The University Library holdings reflect a large and diverse collection which comprised of faculty- recommended acquisitions.  The library houses a collection of over 1,613,929 items, including books, periodicals, research journals, films, filmstrips, microform resources, electronic resources, and media materials and equipment. It provides equitable and ample bibliographic access to resources in all formats and extends access to library resources and services beyond the physical library building through the library’s digital/online collection system and access to all academic library resources statewide through membership with LOUIS.

Operation: The Library operations are automated on the SirsiDynix Symphony System and provide a broad array of services, which include interlibrary loan, document delivery, in-person reserves, and remote access to resources.