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City College Libraries Mission Statement

The City College Libraries are committed to providing high quality resources and services in a collaborative and collegial manner. We support the evolving instructional and research mission of the College, including sustainable technology and digital initiatives for the enhancement of research, teaching, and learning. We are dedicated to the education of the whole person, fostering information literacy and communication skills for academic and career success, and preparing a diverse population for service and leadership to our city, nation, and the world. We are a haven that is intentional in our effort to embody and promote inclusivity, equity, and understanding.

Adopted November 2020.

City College Libraries 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.

City College of New York Libraries 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.

Vision Statement

The City College Libraries aspire to professional leadership within the urban University in scholarship and research support, championing quality learning, enriched discourse and equity of access for diverse constituencies.
We are committed to excellence in library and information service—courteous, timely, accurate and effective service to every individual.
We value an organizational culture based on trust, openness, integrity and respect, which enhances personal worth, appreciates diversity, and promotes creativity and visionary thinking. This culture advocates

  • Communication and networking
  • Individual responsibility and accountability
  • Training, development and mentoring
  • The recognition and acknowledgement of exceptional effort and achievement

We value enlightened leadership at all levels.
We value intellectual freedom in the advancement of learning.
We value the privacy of the individual and subscribe to the ALA Code of Ethics regarding the rights of the library user.
We value cooperative and collaborative action based on the sharing of information and knowledge.

Endorsed by the Library Faculty September 28, 2000