The California State Library empowers the people of the nation's most diverse and populous state by:
- Providing credible information services to all Californians, especially those in state government and the Legislature, libraries, academia, and persons with disabilities;
- Leading and establishing partnerships with California libraries through funding, program development, and support;
- Preserving and providing access to California’s unique history to enrich the lives of current and future generations.
Integrity: Motivated by fairness, honesty, respect, and the value of each person and their work.
Excellence: Committed to reliable, high-quality services delivered by skilled and trusted staff.
Equitable Access: Connecting all people and institutions to the information and resources they need.
Leadership: Strengthening California libraries by fostering innovation, offering guidance, and providing support.