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From the Dean

A Message from Michael Levine-Clark, Dean of University Libraries

Dean Micheal Levine-ClarkWelcome to the University Libraries and the Anderson Academic Commons!

The library is the heart of the university – our collections, services, and study spaces are central to every student's educational journey, and the Anderson Academic Commons (AAC) sits at the center of campus. The AAC combines the University of Denver's main library and many academic support services in one convenient location where we enhance student learning with support for research, writing, and information literacy.

Our library offers a rich collection of books, journals, primary sources, and media, but beyond the collections, we connect students, faculty, staff, and the broader University community to knowledge. Scholarly information is offered in a variety of formats and we strive to make access to this knowledge as straightforward as possible for our students. We provide access through our website, where you can learn more about the resources and services available, and we offer research consultations and instructional sessions to help our community understand how to find, assess, and use information.

The AAC is the most popular place to study on campus. It's a technology-rich collaborative space that offers private group study rooms, booths, quiet zones, and areas for individual study. Whether your preference is for minimal noise and distraction, immersive individual study, intensive group work, or social study among friends, the AAC provides a space. From first-year students in your first quarter to doctoral students completing a dissertation, our librarians are here to help you navigate the complex body of information available to you. To truly experience all that our library can offer you, I encourage you to talk with one of them. The Research Center is another resource in the AAC that offers expert guidance through the research process. One-on-one research consultations are available to students, faculty and staff and can ease anxiety about a project or paper and teach skills for life-long learning.

The Front Porch Café is conveniently located on the main level of the AAC. Here you can take a break from research and studies to socialize, and enjoy a cup of coffee or a healthy meal or snack. Also located in the café is the Prysm wall, a forty-two square foot touch enabled digital canvas that delivers an unparalleled visual impact, and with touch, it is a powerful yet easy to use collaboration platform that has endless opportunities for classes, teachers, trainers, and students to incorporate into teaching and learning. The library hosts many internal DU and Denver community events. The Gregg Kvistad Special Events Room is utilized almost daily for lectures, speakers, meeting, social gatherings and conferences.

The Anderson Academic Commons belongs to the entire DU community. We strive to ensure that it is a welcoming space for all and we continuously look for ways to improve your learning and research experience. Please stop in and visit me or share your suggestions with us so we can ensure a supportive learning environment for everyone.


Micheal Levine Clark Signature

Michael Levine-Clark


The University of Denver Libraries connect students, faculty, staff, and the broader University community to knowledge in all forms. Reflecting the University's mission, we support teaching, research, scholarship, and creative endeavors by providing diverse resources and services for all stages of the information lifecycle. By so doing, we preserve our varied cultural heritage, facilitate lifelong learning, and inspire our students and faculty to question, contemplate, and engage


The University Libraries

  • Serve the teaching and research missions of the University.
  • Support transparent dialogue to foster communication and collaboration.
  • Cultivate inclusion and diversity as values that enhance connections to community and foster cultural competence.
  • Build and support a culture of learning.
  • Practice evidence-based decision making to ensure quality and continuous improvement.
  • Recognize changing needs, respond nimbly, and may take calculated risks to achieve the mission and goals.
  • Seek out and apply innovative ideas while maintaining best practices.
  • Endorse the professional values articulated by the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Society of American Archivists.

About the Dean

Michael Levine-Clark is the Dean of the University of Denver Libraries. Prior to taking this position, he was the Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication and Collections Services, also at the University of Denver. The University Libraries, centered by the Anderson Academic Commons – a vibrant, innovative, student-focused space that combines the library with other academic support services – has twice been ranked as the #4 "best college library" by Princeton Review.

Michael has been elected to leadership roles in the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). He is the vice chair/chair-elect of the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) Board of Directors. As co-chair of the NISO Recommended Practices for Demand-Driven Acquisition of Monographs Working Group, he was one of the lead authors of the recommended practices document. He is the recipient of the 2015 Harrasowitz Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award for his work on e-books and demand-driven acquisition models. As co-chair of the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries (Alliance) Shared Collection Development Committee, he guides decisions about collaborative collection building within the consortium. He serves as a member of the Executive Committees of the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST) and of the Rosemont Shared Print Alliance, both of which coordinate planning for long-term retention of print collections. With colleagues from the Alliance, he founded the open access journal Collaborative Librarianship, and continues to serve as co-editor. He serves on a variety of national and international publisher and vendor library advisory boards and a range of committees within library professional organizations. He is widely published and has been invited to speak on six continents about academic library collections and scholarly communication issues.