Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Lovejoy Library

Vision, Mission and Goals

About the Library

Lovejoy Library was named for the abolitionist newspaper editor, Elijah Lovejoy, who was shot and killed while defending his press from a pro-slavery mob in Alton, Illinois, in 1837.


Library and Information Services (LIS) is an innovative, student-centered environment that fosters collaboration, communication and diversity to support the University’s mission. We shape a changing world through a dynamic information literacy program, and by connecting scholars and lifelong learners to resources.


LIS will empower individuals and advance scholarly research and learning by creating diverse collections, connecting users to resources, investing in dynamic collaborative spaces and teaching information literacy.