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Library Strategic Directions

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Our Mission

The University Library promotes the discovery of information and creation of knowledge and leads the University in disseminating and preserving scholarship for the benefit of humanity.

Our Vision

The University Library cultivates a campus research environment that generates expertise and knowledge by fostering experimentation and collaboration.

We challenge ourselves to sustain an inclusive community that serves as a foundation of intellectual engagement for students throughout their lifetimes.

We champion initiatives that expand the impact of and open access to UC Santa Cruz research and scholarship for a global audience.

Our Values

Inclusion and Equity: We strive to cultivate a welcoming environment where social and cultural differences are understood, respected, and affirmed. We celebrate the spectrum of human experiences and identities, and make it our mission to eliminate any barriers that stand in the way of equity and inclusion. 

Collaboration: We seek out opportunities for collaboration at the campus, UC System, and national level because such partnerships produce better local results and advance the University’s mission.

Stewardship:  We manage resources efficiently and transparently, preserve what is unique, maximize the utility of physical spaces, and adapt to changing needs.

Innovation:  We apply new methods and technologies to meet the evolving needs of students and faculty.

Professionalism:  We maintain high professional standards and active engagement in our field.

Assessment:  We collect and evaluate quantitative and qualitative data to ensure that library collections and services are user-centered, responsive, and demonstrably add value.