University Library Mission - Vision - Values - Principles



 University Library



As the primary bibliographic and information resource for the curriculum of the University, the library emphasizes rapid access to needed materials and information. The library actively promotes the immediate availability of textual, numeric, and visual resources. In its collections, information resources, instruction, and other services, the library's emphasis is on delivering support for the curriculum and programs of colleges and departments. Access to the library collections is enhanced by end-user and librarian-mediated access to a variety of electronic information resources. The library actively promotes the principle of equal access to intellectual resources regardless of format for all constituencies in the campus community. The library strives to provide access to information appropriate to each college discipline, along with needed user instruction and support.

As an essential teaching and research laboratory, the library emphasizes instruction, reference services, on site and remote access to information in print and electronic formats, development of information literacy, and management of collections. The library provides resources and support for the University's major functions--teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity, and community service. The library is located at the center of the campus in two interconnected buildings--Library North and Palmer Wing.

Library Mission Statement 

The Library supports the academic programs of Cal State L.A. through instruction, collections, technology and services which enable students and faculty to access recorded knowledge and information resources. This support empowers our constituencies to develop the information and technological competencies necessary to achieve their educational, research and professional goals; succeed in the workforce; apply lifelong learning skills; and participate in a diverse society.

Library Vision Statement 

The University Library will be a campus center for learning and scholarship that inspires and promotes academic inquiry and student success. Using relevant technologies we will develop and maintain a regionally distinguished collection of resources that are indispensable in supporting critical thinking in dynamic information environments. Library administrators, faculty and staff will play a central, university-wide role in student learning and degree attainment:  administrators as campus partners in developing strategic direction; faculty as professors of information literacy, scholars, and caretakers of knowledge resources by improving and developing new courses and programs; and staff as essential support for these initiatives that contribute to student success.
The Library:
Will work with Colleges and individual academic programs to improve the quality of Library collections as these support knowledge domains and knowledge acquisition

Depth: Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World

The CSULA student is able to access a body of knowledge and the processes of inquiry to utilize the perspectives of different disciplines.

  • Acquires balanced resources to support the full spectrum of University academic programs, including interdisciplinary and doctoral programs

  • Provides organized, logical and timely access to both local and remote resources

  • Participates in resource sharing programs including cooperative purchasing, mutual library use, interlibrary loan, and document delivery

  • Collects and provides access to faculty and student research in digital format, including digital repositories of theses and dissertations

Will assist Colleges and the University in developing information literacy as a critical skill

Breadth: Critical Skills

  • A CSULA graduate will be able to: find and use information and think critically to solve problems; communicate effectively in both oral and written modes; and be adept at both quantitative and qualitative reasoning.

  • Works with Colleges to develop information literacy curricula specific to information-seeking behaviors within a given discipline

  • Creates learning environments and experiences that produce competency in the use of resources and in research methodologies

  • Designs instructional services and programs that foster learning and collaborations with faculty in other academic units of the University

  • Offers patrons customer-oriented assistance in selecting, locating and using resources

  • Provides appropriate access to resources, regardless of format (print, multi-media, electronic) to all of its patrons

  • Develops online tutorials and digital learning objects in support of anytime/anywhere teaching and learning 


Will support our urban mission by developing outreach to the community

Place: Urban Mission

The CSULA graduate participates socially in the world-class Los Angeles urban setting that is naturally global in outlook. This outcome recognizes the unique role the University plays in helping a diverse student body take advantage of this urban learning context. CSULA graduates demonstrate personal and social responsibility inside and outside the classroom as they build their local communities.

  • Builds community-based special collections that showcase the surrounding East Los Angeles area

  • Provides custom outreach to high schools and community colleges that serve as our feeder schools

Will provide creative space -- physical and virtual -- that support and recognize faculty and student engagement in research, scholarship and creative activities

Integrative Learning: Research and Scholarship

A CSULA graduate will experience integrative learning. This goal builds on the University's teaching mission by exposing students to learning through participation in unique research, scholarship or creative activities where they apply previous learning from several areas to a task.

  • Provides building as place: creative commons

  • Plans and provides the technological structure needed to meet changing information and patron needs 

  • Provides well-equipped and safe facilities that encourage student success
    Maintains suitable numbers of user stations to support use of printed and networked media, as well as study rooms and electronic classrooms  

  • Develops a consistent, easy to use, identifiable interface to library resources for use in any Internet connection location

  • Assesses its effectiveness in a variety of ways, including periodic patron needs and satisfaction surveys

  • Builds an organizational structure that anticipates changing information technologies and meets patron needs and expectations

  • Encourages professional awareness and career development of its faculty and support staff

Our Values 

In order to ensure the success of our mission, we, the personnel of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library, California State University, Los Angeles, practice these values.

We deliver quality service to our patrons through ...

  • Using our skills and resources innovatively to meet the needs of our diverse community
  • Providing information and knowledge in many formats
  • Ensuring responsible stewardship and logical organization of our resources
  • Protecting intellectual freedom
  • Promoting information competence
  • Providing an environment conducive to learning.

We achieve teamwork through ...

  • Respecting one another as individuals
  • Exercising good judgment, practicing responsible behavior and accepting accountability
  • Contributing, cooperating and communicating to meet Library goals.


Professional Principles 

The professional principles and ideals contained in the following documents have been endorsed by the faculty and staff of the University Library: