Library Mission Statement


Library Mission

The Santa Monica College Library’s mission is to enhance educational and research opportunities for its community members through the provision of excellent information services.

The librarians and library staff strive to:

Affirm the vision and mission of Santa Monica College;

Encourage and facilitate information competency, critical thinking, intellectual independence, and lifelong learning skills in all students, regardless of their educational goals;

Provide assistance in locating, evaluating, and effectively using library resources and instructional programs to teach library users to think critically about information; Incorporate new technologies and services to help students, faculty and staff discover, create and disseminate knowledge;

Promote the Santa Monica College Library as a center for quality information resources for the college community;

Provide professionally qualified librarians and a skilled technical staff that support the use of information in learning;

Provide prompt, unbiased and knowledgeable responses to requests for assistance, placing student and faculty information needs above other library and campus responsibilities;

Ensure a comfortable and safe learning environment for all students;

Administer fair and objective service policies;

Provide assistance and access to collections and services for persons with special needs;

Protect each individual's right to privacy with respect to information requested and materials consulted.