Mission Statement

The Library houses and preserves collections in a convenient, controlled, and secure environment, and provides excellent service based on the development, organization, conservation, and management of collections and information systems. Access to information is expedited through sharing expertise, participating in networks, and creating original bibliographic tools and educational programs.

The Library is committed to meeting the information needs of all patrons in a professional and responsive manner. Assimilation of technological advances and adoption of creative management practices are critical to information access and resource sharing.

The Library is managed within the context of clearly defined responsibilities and support for Library faculty and staff participation. Open communication, professional development, and equal opportunity are priority concerns.

The Library will furnish user-oriented services, build significant and unique collections, and introduce new technologies for users throughout the USC System. Collectively, these initiatives will sustain the University's growth as one of the nation's leading research institutions.

September 2007




Columbia Departments Campus Libraries
Columbia Libraries and Collections