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Overview of The Claremont Colleges Library

The Claremont Colleges Library supports the seven institutions comprising The Claremont Colleges consortium and is organized into five divisions plus the Dean’s office which includes Organizational Planning and Assessment. These divisions, each led by a Director, include: Digital Technologies & Scholarship; Research, Teaching, & Learning Services; Scholarly Information Resources; Special Collections and Libraries; and User Services and Resource Sharing. The Directors work collaboratively with the Dean to plan for and provide a variety of services to 7,700 undergraduate and graduate students and to 3,600 faculty and staff.

Primary collections, services, and staff are housed in the Honnold/Mudd Library in a location central to the Claremont Colleges. The Library is also home to two campus-wide initiatives, the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Consortial Academic Collaboration. The Claremont Colleges Digital Humanities Initiative, a grant-funded project, is also located in the Library. The Library is a member of several consortia and other organizations through which access to resources for our community is expanded. These include SCELC, the Center for Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, the Coalition for Networked Information, SPARC and the Oberlin Group. Librarians are active professionally and contribute to the profession through committee service, publications, and other activities. Because TCCL serves seven distinct institutions, librarians and staff are also active in single-campus programs and initiatives and in intercollegiate committees and other programs that cross all seven campuses and The Claremont Colleges Services.

The Claremont Colleges Library “community” in Claremont includes additional libraries that are administered separately from the Claremont Colleges Library. They include the Denison Library, funded and operated by Scripps College; the Bates Aeronautics Collection at Harvey Mudd College; and smaller libraries such as the history department library and Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, an affiliate of TCC, also funds and operates a library which includes items on loan from The Claremont Colleges. Items from these libraries appear along with those from TCCL in a common online catalog on OCLC’s Worldshare Management Services (WMS).