University Library Mission

 UCSC Library Mission Statement

The University Library is the principal provider of scholarly information resources to the campus community. We work with faculty and students in the discovery, use and management of information that supports their research, teaching and learning.

UCSC Library Organizational Chart


UCSC Library Strategic Directions

1. The University Library facilitates discovery and access to scholarly information sources for the UCSC community.

  • Ensure data integrity and improve access to our resources.
    • Implement a training program to create records for OCLC and our Integrated Library System.
    • Create policies to address the use of our integrated library system
  • Ensure that the library’s online presence meets or exceeds campus requirements for accessibility.
  • Analyze the Demand Driven Acquisitions program for e-books to ensure it aligns with campus needs and refine our purchasing profile as needed.
  • Collaborate with UC campus libraries and the California Digital Library to secure access to e-books, scholarly journals, and data sets seeking the most favorable terms.
  • Collaborate across campus, within the University of California, and in the broader academic library community to promote the UC Open Access Policy.



2. The University Library supports the curation of UCSC researchers’ unique data and scholarly output.


  • Using industry best practices ensuring data integrity by considering the elements of security, disaster recovery, usability, research continuity in regards to technical solutions.
  • Promote the DMPTool to assist researchers in effectively creating required data management plans.
  • Provide expert assistance in metadata creation and data management.
  • Leverage the resources and services of the University of California Curation Center and UC Libraries systemwide for the benefit of UCSC researchers.
  • Collaborate with divisional ITS support units to provide seamless data support services through production to publication.
  • Facilitate Open Access journal and data repository submissions for UCSC researchers.
  • Support the integration of UCSC digital dissertations into the eScholarship repository.
  • Through the work of the Council on Library and Information Resources Postdoctoral Fellow, create a plan to develop an infrastructure in support of digital humanities research.


3. The Special Collections and Archives Department acquires, preserves, promotes and makes accessible rare and unique materials including archives, rare books, manuscripts, photographs and other rare and special materials.


  • The department serves the university and local community by collecting, preserving and providing physical and digital access to primary resources on the history of the university and the local region.
  • The department continues to make a concerted effort to establish programs and partnerships that expose hidden collections and simultaneously provide training, research opportunities and exhibit curation opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students.
  • The Digital Initiatives department continues to expand digitization efforts of these unique materials, incorporating more complex formats such as manuscripts, sound recordings, film and video as well as larger quantities of photographic and print material.
  • Collect and archive “born digital” materials.
  • Facilitate and promote the use of archival and primary source material in instruction, using physical objects and digital surrogates.


4. The University Library provides physical space, resources, and services that promote student success and support teaching, learning, and research.


  • Provide a robust digital platform including workstations, software, printing, wireless networking, and technical support.
  • Offer a variety of spaces that facilitate both individual quiet study and group study.
  • Align services and hours to address the dynamic needs of student, faculty and staff.
  • Continue to refine academic divisional teams to deliver research, instruction, and collection support to the campus.
  • Create effective, self-directed instruction tools to support non-subject-specific lower-division instruction
  • Align the Science & Engineering Library space and collection with the needs of students and faculty.
    • Actively fundraise in support of the renovation of the Science & Engineering Library.
    • Analyze the Science & Engineering Library collection with the goal of maximizing user space and retaining highly used and/or unique research materials.
    • Partner with the Division of Physical and Biological Sciences in the development and construction of an active learning classroom and related spaces in the Science & Engineering Library.

October  2014