The Report of the Library Policy Task Force, University of California Library Policy to 1980-81 set forth the the mission and functions of the University Library system which are still in force today:
The mission of the University library system is to facilitate scholarship, research, and developments based on the utilization of knowledge. The library system is an integral part of the educational process. It is essential to the quality of the intellectual and cultural life of the University in particular and to the citizens of the State in general.
A. The primary function of the University library system is to provide support for the University's approved programs of teaching and research and to serve the needs of students, faculty, and other University staff engaged in these programs.
B. A secondary function of the University library system is to furnish interinstitutional support for academic programs in other institutions of higher learning in California, both public and private.
C. A further function of the University library system is to serve as a resource for other users throughout the State, region, and nation, subject to such limitations as may be necessary to insure that its primary function can be discharged effectively.
Within this systemwide context, The Library at UC Berkeley
develops collections and services which directly support the approved programs of teaching and research at Berkeley and makes these resources readily available to the campus community,
makes these resources available to faculty, students and staff of other UC campuses, and
makes these resources available to other institutions of higher learning in California, and to the public-at-large, as resources allow.
The strategic priorities of the Library are:
Collection Development and Management: To develop, manage and preserve collections of a caliber which match the instruction and research programs at the University of California at Berkeley.
Academic Services: To provide professional support to researchers as they move from initial investigation of a new area of interest through the process of identifying ever-more-specific items and research tools.
Instructional Services: To assist the campus in furthering student and faculty use of state-of-the art computer and information retrieval systems, as well as offering direct instruction to improve information-retrieval and research skills when using both print and electronic resources.
Access Services: To make library-owned material readily available to our constituents, and to expedite access by our users to materials which UCB does not own.