Library Mission, Vision & Values


The library furthers the COA mission by assuming an active role in teaching and learning, providing access to information, resources, and tools, and creating a welcoming, engaging physical and virtual environment that stimulates intellectual curiosity and discourse. The library fulfills its role through active collaboration with the COA Community and external partners and via proactive and innovative services with flexible, individualized attention that prepares students for success with life-long information skills.


The library fosters self-directed information discovery and scholarship through creative and innovative information resources, services, and technologies. The library embodies both the virtual and the physical with a dynamic, information-rich Web presence that provides convenient anytime/anywhere access to library resources that complement its welcoming and engaging physical space. Library staff is in demand for their knowledge and skills to enhance teaching and learning at the college. 


  • Curiosity, exploration, and self-directed learning and information discovery
  • Flexible service and individual attention
  • Inclusiveness and community collaboration
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Interdisciplinary connectedness
  • Responsibility, respect, and stewardship

Strategic planning

The library underwent a facilitated strategic planning process during the 20082009 academic year. Our mission, vision, and values are a product of that effort. Download a summary of our plan.