- The David L. Rice Library supports the mission of the University of Southern
Indiana by assisting the instruction and research efforts of the university's students and faculty through the provision of appropriate collections and services.
- The Library provides course-integrated instruction and individual consultation to assist users in identifying, locating, and interpreting information in a variety of formats. The provision of instruction is intended to assist users in becoming more critically aware, self-confident information consumers and researchers.
- The selection, cataloging, management and evaluation of information resources is undertaken to support present and future programs of the university. Ongoing review and evaluation of Library resources and services are carried out in collaboration with the university community to determine the nature of information resources and services needed.
- The Library uses appropriate technology to make services and resources available to members of the USI community on campus and in remote locations, in support of distributed education as well as on-campus courses. The Library makes use of the campus Web site to provide information, to further communication, and to facilitate access to online resources.
- The Library shares information resources with local, state, national, and international communities, and librarians attempt to anticipate and respond to new trends in scholarship, instruction and the communication and delivery of information as these affect libraries.