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About the Library


The Department of the Library is committed to inclusion and diversity, and strongly rejects racism, discrimination, and violence perpetrated against all marginalized groups based on race, religion, gender,  gender identity, sexual orientation, legal status, or disability. We uphold the American Library Association's Core Values of Librarianship and we affirm these statements on racial and social justice.


The vision of the CSI Library is to foster the exchange of ideas in a collaborative and innovative environment. In the Information Age, libraries must continue to design physical and online spaces to promote academic success and lifelong learning.


The CSI Library supports the educational mission of the College of Staten Island and the research needs of its students, faculty, and staff by collecting, preserving, and providing access to scholarly resources in a variety of formats. Consistent with the teaching mission of the College, the Library assists students in becoming information competent, critical thinkers, and life-long learners. Toward this end, the Library provides quality information resources, instructional services, and research facilities which foster curriculum-based student-centered teaching and learning.

As the only institution of public higher education on Staten Island, the CSI Library supports a diverse urban campus and the local community. We are committed to:

  • Providing equitable access to information, curricular materials, and research tools through subscriptions and emerging open access resources
  • Cultivating scholarly inquiry and discovery through teaching information literacy and critical thinking skills and concepts
  • Creating an inclusive and welcoming space conducive to research, collaboration, learning, study, and introspection
  • Preserving and curating the institutional memory of the Willowbrook campus, College of Staten Island, and the cultural heritage of the borough
  • Engaging the community through programming, exhibits, and our publicly available Federal Depository Library Collections

The CSI Library works to advance the educational mission and strategic plan of CSI, outlined in Opportunity to Ascend: Strategic Priorities for the College of Staten Island 2017-2022, specifically: Strategic Priority 1, “Student Success,” Strategic Priority 3, “Borough Stewardship,” and Strategic Priority 5, “Scholarship-Driven Education.”