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Our Vision Statement

Informed, Literate, and Engaged Communities

Our Mission Statement

To Inform, Educate, Inspire, and Entertain

Our Guiding Principles

Responsiveness - We are proactive in identifying the needs and responding to the changing look of our communities.

Accessibility and Capacity - We eliminate barriers so that all community members may have full access to library resources.

Communication - We connect with our diverse community in creative and proactive ways to let them know how the library can enrich and improve their lives.

Inclusiveness - We respect and celebrate the diversity of the communities we serve.

Teamwork & Collaboration - We partner with community, government, business, and cultural groups to strengthen and enrich our communities.

Our Values Statement

San Diego County Library is a community of practice. We bring staff and customers together in dedication to values that promote literacy, lifelong learning and social capital.


@ SDCL we are dedicated to the highest ethical standards.

  • We sustain and expand the public's trust through the respectful treatment of all employees and residents we serve.
  • We employ fairness in a 'community of practice' that models a supportive and inclusive workplace and workforce for all staff and the public.
  • We preserve the right of intellectual freedom by providing unrestricted access to information, public education and the world of ideas.


@ SDCL we will ensure responsible stewardship of the library and County resources herein.

  • We are accountable to each other and the public for quality customer service while adding value to our community in this institution.
  • We accept personal responsibility for our conduct and obligations, and we demonstrate that through our daily actions, operations and productivity.


@ SDCL we are committed to excellence in all that we do.

  • We remain flexible and innovative, nurturing an institution that proactively serves the changing needs of our community.
  • We are a 'community of practice' that values approachability and efficiency to make a significant and positive difference in the lives of the residents we serve.
The County of San Diego and the San Diego County Library disclaim any responsibility for the accuracy of the translations.