About the Library

Clocktower of the University Library

The University Library is a dynamic and innovative partner in the Sonoma State University community. Students are at the core of what we do, and we leverage technology and creativity to promote discovery of and access to collections, to help students learn to use information effectively, and to encourage lifelong learning. We teach students to seek out appropriate information sources, to evaluate information, and to be critical consumers and producers of information in an increasingly digital age.

We collaborate with instructional faculty on teaching and learning in the classroom, develop and implement information literacy curriculum, and assess our work in order to make data-driven decisions.

We manage resources, both print and digital, assist the community in using library resources, and provide a welcoming environment that facilitates collaboration and creativity.

Vision

Through their engagement with the University Library, learners are genuinely inspired, curious, and empowered in their ability to seek and take in information, grapple with it, and create new knowledge. They develop innovative solutions to 21st century challenges with an awareness of the ways in which structures of power, knowledge, and discourse are inextricably woven together with the creation, dissemination, and synthesis of information. 

Our Mission

The Sonoma State University Library fosters curiosity, critical thinking, and transformational learning. We provide services, spaces, and collections that encourage exploration and engagement with new ideas. We build equity in our community by providing access to resources and creating an inclusive, welcoming environment. We make connections across and beyond the university in order to contribute to the creation and preservation of knowledge and information. 

Our Values

We support the core values of the profession of librarianship and of Sonoma State University. In addition, we are guided by the values of

  • Integrity and respect
  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Creativity, curiosity, and critical engagement
  • Education and lifelong learning
  • Collaboration