Committed to the exploration and dissemination of knowledge, the UCR Library serves as an information commons and intellectual center for the campus and is the focal point for research and study at UCR.
Under the vision and leadership of University Librarian Steven Mandeville-Gamble, the library is on a path to excellence with a four-fold mission:
- To advance the university’s attainment of academic excellence by bringing the world’s knowledge to our faculty and students at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels;
- To inculcate the informational literacy skills essential for researchers and students to identify, acquire access to, and fully utilize high-quality information;
- To accelerate the academic achievement and creation of knowledge by the diverse academic communities that the university serves;
- To energize the UCR community’s positive engagement in and transformation of local, national, and international arenas.
The UCR Library is committed to supporting the academic excellence of our community through a strong service orientation and client focus. We celebrate our diverse campus by providing access to a wide range of materials, by recruiting a diverse staff, and by making the library a welcoming place for all, especially our bright students. We practice and foster collaboration, strategic, informed risk-taking, and experimentation to meet campus-wide strategic goals.
While we increasingly bring the world's information to the UCR community via digital resources, we remain committed to building collections supporting the full-range of academic inquiry on campus in the formats most appropriate for the academic success of our community members. Our collections include more than 3 million print volumes, nearly 500,000 e-books, and 143,000 serials.
We also provide access to hundreds of databases and state-of-the-art information technology. These resources are made accessible through five locations: Tomás Rivera Library, Orbach Science Library, Special Collections & University Archives and the Music Library. For the foreseeable future, we will be building deep research collections in both print and electronic formats.
The UCR Library is one of the largest central services supporting campus. We continue to thrive because of the generous support provided by alumni, friends, and academic partners.
We invite you to be part of improving the lives and minds of our students and improving the overall human condition through your support of our work enhancing the university's research and teaching agenda.
If you are interested in supporting the library, please contact:
Samantha “Sam” Lang
Director of Development for Campus-Wide Initiatives
Office of Development | University Advancement