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Mission, Vision, and Values


The California State Library is the state's information hub, preserving California's cultural heritage and connecting people, libraries and government to the resources and tools they need to succeed and to build a strong California.


The California State Library: Valued by thirty-eight million and growing.



We value and respect our customers, organization, and each other. We are responsible for ourselves and to others through honest and respectful words and actions.


We communicate openly. We encourage the best ideas to surface from anywhere. We value multiple perspectives and diverse expertise.


We provide the resources that people need to be successful. We foster teamwork and individual initiative while holding ourselves accountable. We encourage and support thoughtful and informed decision-making.


We provide quality service to our customers and each other. We continually improve our skills and competencies by pursuing professional growth. We are adaptable and flexible to a constantly changing environment. We celebrate achievement.