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The 23 libraries in the California State University system are a network, led by the Council of Library Deans (COLD), with support of the Systemwide Digital Library Department (SDLD).

We work together to accomplish the CSU’s core mission:

  • To advance and extend knowledge, learning, and culture, especially throughout California.
  • To provide opportunities for individuals to develop intellectually, personally, and professionally.
  • To prepare significant numbers of educated, responsible people to contribute to California’s schools, economy, culture, and future.
  • To encourage and provide access to an excellent education to all who are prepared for and wish to participate in collegiate study.
  • To offer undergraduate and graduate instruction leading to bachelor’s and higher degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, the applied fields, and the professions, including the doctoral degree when authorized.
  • To prepare students for an international, multi-cultural society.
  • To provide public services that enrich the university and its communities.
The Council of Library Deans together with the Chancellor’s Office share a common vision for the CSU Libraries.
  1. Equitable Access
  2. Learning Spaces
  3. Collaborations

For background on these initiatives, read the executive summary and recommendations report by the Libraries of the Future Taskforce.

Find more information about CSU’s Council of Library Deans, the committees, working groups, communities of practice, planning, and activities on the COLD Wiki.