Vision and Priorities


Agile, focused, efficient, and data-driven, the UC libraries will be leaders in providing the broadest access to the world’s knowledge and in developing innovative services, strategies, and technological systems that promote discovery and preserve knowledge.


The UC libraries provide information resources and services to UC faculty, students, and staff in direct support of the University of California’s teaching, learning, research, patient care, and public service goals by:

  • Enabling seamless discovery and access to scholarly information at the network level;
  • Managing the building blocks and products of scholarship and research, including content created by UC scholars;
  • Offering expert support and education to find, evaluate, use, and manage information resources;
  • Creating and sustaining high-quality spaces for learning, collaboration, and research; and
  • Leading and actively participating in partnerships for national and global initiatives that inform and shape the future of libraries and scholarly communications.

Long-Range Goals

  1. Enrich the systemwide library collection: Print, digital, data, and archival collections of the University of California are fundamental building blocks for the University’s teaching, research, patient care, and public service programs. Building and managing collections to provide access to a broad array of scholarly information resources in support of these programs remains one of the highest priorities for the UC libraries.
  2. Capitalize on opportunities to accelerate the transition to a primarily digital environment: Technology is driving far-reaching changes in the methods of research, scholarship, and teaching. The effects manifest themselves differently and adoption rates vary among academic disciplines. In response to these changes in student and faculty behaviors, the UC libraries will continue to create and make available technological tools that enhance discovery, access, use, and reuse.
  3. Maximize discovery of and access to information resources:  Faculty and staff are adopting new techniques to identify, find, and use information resources. As user behaviors evolve, the UC libraries will implement systems to provide better, faster, and broader access and support.
  4. Optimize and develop shared services for operational efficiency and maximal expertise: There are certain services which each campus is developing where collaborating together to develop shared services will not only eliminate duplication of effort and tap into our collective expertise, but will also provide a consistent standard of service across the system that benefits UC users.
  5. Expand engagement in scholarly communication: The UC libraries continue to work with publishers and vendors to keep inflationary increases in the prices of scholarly publications to a reasonable level, but costs continue to outpace library budget capacity. UC faculty could bring their influence to bear to change the model for scholarly communication since faculty are the true owners of the system. UC librarians will support faculty in their efforts to foster such change.
  6. Build and leverage expertise: Due to the changing nature of librarianship and the role of the library in higher education, the UC libraries will identify gaps in knowledge and expertise and implement efficient and effective mechanisms for sharing and developing proficiencies across the system—all in the context of reevaluating and redefining the roles of librarians in the evolving information environment.

Campus Library Strategic Plans

Last updated: August 17, 2017