Principles overview

Principles help people make informed decisions. Awareness of the foundational principles may help implement additional solutions not documented within the design system.

These core principles are relevant for designing responsible content and online experiences, and we encourage others to adopt them.

Who should use this guide

All people who develop, design, and write for the University Libraries.

If you create or maintain any web assets, you are a designer of experiences. It is in your hands to take on the responsibility that carries.

What services are within scope

All places with a University Libraries presence including but not limited to: the main website, HSL website, LibGuides, Drupal Lite websites where Libraries is a primary partner.

Further reading

The Web must be accessible to provide equal access and equal opportunity to people with diverse abilities. Indeed, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognizes access to information and communications technologies, including the Web, as a basic human right.


The University of Minnesota (University), founded in the belief that ALL people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.

Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.