Image of libraryThe mission of the Cuesta library is to support and enhance the college's instructional programs by developing and maintaining collections of print and electronic resources to meet the information needs of students and faculty, and by teaching students to access, evaluate, and use information effectively and ethically.
-- revised 2012

In addition to its primary mission, the Cuesta Library also strives to serve the academic community by providing access to resources that support and strengthen the college curriculum, by stimulating the intellectual development of students and faculty, by motivating students to acquire reading, research and life-long learning skills, and by assisting faculty in maintaining awareness of current information resources and information literacy skills.

The Cuesta Library also provides continuing education opportunities that will enrich the entire community by making resources and facilities available to community residents, instructing patrons in the effective utilization of information resources, and designing, assisting, and promoting the effective use of instructional technologies for teaching, learning, and research.

The following goals support the Cuesta Library’s mission, goals, and services:

To provide organized and accessible collections of print, audiovisual and electronic resources, and to provide access to remote information resources, in support of the college's instructional programs
To provide physical facilities and technology equipment supporting teaching and learning
To provide qualified professional and support staff to serve users
To offer information literacy instruction for students, faculty, staff and community users
To provide reference services and to stimulate interest in learning
To offer community users access to the resources and facilities of the college libraries in support of the college's mission to provide cultural, social, and community service activities that enrich the lives of local residents.
To cooperate with all types of libraries, library networks, and consortia in sharing resources and providing maximum access to information in a cost effective manner.
To evaluate library resources and services on a regular and systematic basis and to participate in the college's institutional planning and evaluation process.
To develop and assess innovative library services by keeping abreast of advancements and trends in the library and information technology professions.

Collection Development Mission

The mission of collection development at the Cuesta College Library is to develop and maintain collections that support and enhance the curriculum and instructional programs of Cuesta College and the needs of students, faculty, and staff of the college. The goal of collection development is to develop, organize, and preserve effective, high-quality collections, by providing appropriate access to information regardless of location or format, and by coordinating the selection and management of materials in print and other media to meet the current and long-term teaching, learning, research, and administrative needs of the college community.

We are creating a collection which is adequate to support lower division, undergraduate courses, vocational education programs, or introductory independent study. This level is adequate to acquire knowledge of a subject required for limited or generalized purposes, of less than research intensity. It includes a judicious selection from currently published basic monographs (as are represented in LJ reviews) supported by seminal retrospective monographs (as are represented by Books for College Libraries); a broad selection of works of more important writers; a selection of representative journals, and current editions of the most significant reference tools pertaining to the subject.

Selection of materials by the library does not mean endorsement of the contents or the views expressed in those materials. No material will be excluded from the collection because of the race, nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation, political or social viewpoint or controversial nature of either the author or of the material.