Mission, Values, and Vision

Mission, Vision, & Values

From the Dean

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The University Library fosters student success, scholarly research, and academic excellence through the provision of information resources; user-centered services and learning experiences; and welcoming, technology-enhanced environments that facilitate lifelong learning, collaboration, innovation, and the acquisition of information literacy skills.

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As an essential campus partner, the University Library aspires to:
  • be the center of intellectual and creative life at CSUDH, facilitating teaching, learning, research, intellectual inquiry, and curiosity.
  • be an innovative, collaborative, inclusive, and flexible organization that provides responsive, learner-centered services and technologies that meet the evolving information, curricular, and research needs of CSUDH students, faculty, and staff and the surrounding community.
  • provide vibrant, welcoming, and engaging learner-centered physical and virtual spaces that facilitate innovation, collaboration, and boundary-free access to information.

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Core Values

Student Success and Information Literacy

We are passionate about student learning and student success. Because we believe that information literacy is critical to students’ success in their academic, professional, and personal lives, we champion the integration of information literacy across the curriculum.


We value teamwork and partnerships, seek new ways to engage with the campus and community, and view collaboration as essential to achieving our mission.

Continuous Improvement

We foster a culture of continuous improvement, value the unique contributions of all library employees, and strive to provide learning opportunities that advance personal, professional, and organizational growth and excellence.


We value inclusiveness and intellectual and cultural diversity and foster a climate of openness and appreciation for differing perspectives.


We encourage experimentation, creativity, and curiosity; value innovative uses of technology to promote student success, learning and access to information resources; and embrace the continued evolution of libraries from print repositories to collaborative learning spaces and providers of digital resources.

Intellectual Inquiry

We value intellectual and academic freedom and facilitate the pursuit of intellectual inquiry.

Lifelong Learning and User-Centered Services

We value and foster the lifelong quest for knowledge and self-development and strive to create a welcoming and responsive environment where every person feels valued.

Open Access

We value open access to information and support the growing open access movement in higher education.

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