The university plans to provide access to higher education for large segments of population and, in particular, disadvantaged groups such as those living in remote and rural areas including working people, homemakers and other adults who wish to upgrade or acquire knowledge through studies. It will also make efforts to promote acquisition of knowledge in a rapidly developing and changing society and continually offer opportunity for upgrading knowledge, training and skills in the context or innovations, research and discovery in all fields of human endeavor. The university is open to all irrespective of caste, creed or sex and its jurisdiction is all of Uttar Pradesh. Library:The University Library was established in 2000 with a meagre collection of 279 books. At present, the Library holds the collection on different streams of Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and developing Sciences. Now its collection has reached up to 41387 volumes of books and 92 learned journals besides 5 daily newspapers and 12 other periodicals.University Library is serving faculty members, supporting staff, Research scholars and more than 50,000 students spread all over U.P. The University Library is the apex body to provide Library and information services to its students and others. The University Library has opened regional library at Allahabad Regional Centre as its branch library. It is also in planning to establish Regional Library at other regional canters i.e. Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Bareilly and Lucknow with effective, useful and comprehensive collection. Presently library is situated at first and second floor of Academic Building, Shantipuram, Sector – F, Phaphamau, Allahabad.The University librarian is DR T N Dubey.
The First and founder VC of the Uttar Pradesh Rajarshi Tandon Open University was Prof. Neetish Kumar Saanyaal, 2nd VC was Prof. Devendra Pratap Singh, 3rd VC was Prof. KNS Yadav, 4th VC was Prof. Naageshwar Rao, and 5th VC is Prof. A. K. Bakshi.