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Mission and Collections

The Mission

Mission Statement of the College

St. Louis Community College expands minds and changes lives every day. We create accessible, dynamic learning environments focused on the needs of our diverse communities.

Mission Statement of Instructional Resources

Instructional Resources supports the mission of the College to create accessible learning environments by providing quality services and collections that facilitate academic achievement by our diverse communities.

The Goals

Content Select, acquire, organize, and manage collections in all formats that ensure availability of resources for teaching and learning, supporting the full range of the College’s programs and activities.
Access Provide the best possible access to information resources both on and off campus. Employ technology that is integrated into all aspects of library and media services, collections, and operations.
Service Provide instructional and information services that meet the current and changing information needs of a diverse community.
People Recruit, hire, and retain a knowledgeable, professional, service-oriented staff.
Place Provide a virtual and physical environment that is welcoming and conducive to individual needs and learning styles.

The Collection

The library collection includes print, non-print and electronic materials. These materials support classes, research and general interest reading and viewing/listening. Materials can be located by keyword, subject, author, title, or other search strategies by using the STLCC Libraries online catalog. In addition to the books, e-books, audiotapes, CDs, videotapes, DVDs and slides contained in the library, there is a wide range of periodicals (magazines and journals) in both paper and electronic form covering popular interests, general research and more scholarly research. The Libraries follow detailed collection development guidelines when acquiring materials.

Other features of the library are computer workstations with Internet and e-mail access, study areas, and paper and microform copy machines. Reference faculty librarians are available to assist you and can answer research questions and provide instruction tailored to individual students or classes. Circulation staffs are available to assist with general questions and check out both reserve and circulating materials. The STLCC Library System is also a member of MOBIUS, a statewide library system that entitles you to check out books held by libraries across the state. Requested materials usually arrive in 3-4 days. Users should identify with the Archway Cluster when requesting MOBIUS materials via the Web catalog.