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About CCNY Libraries

The City College of New York Libraries Mission Statement

The City College Libraries are committed to being a nexus for high quality information resources and services that support the evolving instructional and research mission of the College, and work to empower the broader campus community. As a collective of information professionals, we are dedicated to contributing to the multifaceted education of our users through information literacy, training in archival research, access to robust digital resources, and the development of cross disciplinary research skills which build the infrastructure for academic and career success. We therefore prepare the diverse populations of the College for service and leadership to our city, nation, and the world. We are dedicated to equity and belonging, and to fostering library environments that are inclusive, accessible, and supportive of racial, ethnic, cultural, and economic diversity.

Adopted November 2023

Vision Statement

The City College Libraries provide equity minded leadership on the university campus that supports critical pedagogy and curriculum, cutting-edge research, experiential learning, civic engagement, and creative endeavors. Intent on granting widespread access to diverse information resources to students, faculty, and researchers, the Libraries are also committed to creating welcoming and egalitarian spaces that invite our users to engage in the broader social, political, cultural, environmental, and economic questions and debates that drive the contemporary world. The Libraries aim to empower our users to be knowledge makers and critical thinkers, and to contribute towards the strengthening of their rich and varied communities through the comprehensive education of generations of students.

Adopted November 2023

Statement on Black Lives Matter

City College Libraries is a haven for all individuals to discover, explore, and flourish in the knowledge that everyone is safe and respected within our academic environment. We are devastated and heartbroken by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, and many others at the hands of law enforcement. Communities across the globe are mourning and grappling with the impact of structural racism and the senseless brutality against unarmed Black Americans. Black Lives Matter! 

City College Libraries continue to assess, reflect, strategize, and be intentional in our work to eradicate systemic and institutional racism, police violence, and social injustice. If America is to heal, we have to dialogue no matter how uncomfortable it may be for all of us. City College Libraries encourage conversations about race, racism, health disparities, the impact of COVID-19 on brown and black communities, and the role we can have on student success and the Harlem community.  

The City College of New York, located in the heart of Harlem, has a long-standing history in the fight for social justice, equity, diversity, and equality for people of color. We honor this history and stand against police brutality, white supremacy, and racism in all its forms. 

Adopted June 2020.

Statement on Hate Crimes

CCNY Libraries are committed to providing safe, productive, and welcoming environments for all. We do not tolerate hatred, harassment, or violence against any individual or group in any form. 

We condemn the continuing despicable and unconscionable acts of hatred and violence in our communities. Everyone deserves to live without the threat of violence and feel safe in their neighborhoods and communities.

Our deepest sympathies go out to all Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders whose persecution reached a new low during the recent mass murder of Asian American women in Atlanta, Georgia.

We stand in solidarity with all communities across the country and world devastated by continued hate crimes. We reiterate our commitment to reflective action against racism as well as prejudice of all kinds.

Adopted April 2021

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

The City College of New York (CCNY) Libraries is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the design of programming, services, collections, and user experiences in support of students, faculty, staff, and professionals from (all) underrepresented populations. Through sustained commitments, the CCNY Libraries embrace the College core values of respect and universal principles in achieving continued academic excellence. We strive to create an environment which values employee successes and contributions, inspires diverse perspectives, and a sense of belonging. We seek to align our library resources with other campus entities to develop and sustain strong partnerships based on shared visions and goals. These ongoing initiatives will enhance library services for all persons, including groups from different cultural, racial, economic and ethnic backgrounds regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, alienage or citizenship, prior arrest record, or marital, military, or veteran status in Higher Education.