The Claremont Colleges Library is organized into four divisions, in addition to Library Administration, which includes operations and strategy.
Collections, Metadata, and Resource Sharing provides leadership in the Library’s collection strategy, materials-budget management, and Resource Sharing through interlibrary loans to provide increased access to resources for students, faculty, and staff of The Claremont Colleges. The division librarians and staff perform duties related to selecting, assessing, acquiring, and making discoverable and accessible information resources in all formats for The Claremont Colleges user community.
Digital Strategies and Scholarship collaboratively leads the library’s digital strategies—from systems and technology to digital scholarly literacies and outputs, in support of the evolving nature of research, teaching, and learning at The Claremont Colleges. The division enables connected, fully developed library technologies and digital scholarship platforms and programs that are accessible, inclusive, and learner-centered, and it offers students, faculty, and staff training in digital scholarship platforms and data services, as well as consultations on data-intensive research and teaching activities.
Research, Teaching, and User Services partner with faculty and staff across The Claremont Colleges to empower students to become confident, critical, and collaborative information users and creators. Teaching & Subject Librarians in this division are committed to providing learner-centered and customized instruction aimed at developing critical information literacy habits of mind within the evolving scholarly communication landscape. The division’s librarians also provide research assignment consultations for faculty, research appointments, virtual reference services, workshops, outreach to the colleges and academic departments, and collection development that supports curricula and the research interests of faculty and students. User Services provides a seamless, user-centered, welcoming experience which anticipates, prioritizes, supports, and exceeds the local access needs of our patrons virtually as well as in clean, safe, and engaging spaces. Division programs include a Student Assistant Program, which supports the organization in providing Claremont Colleges students with meaningful opportunities to work with librarians and staff while contributing to Library services, and Course Readings, which provides access to required texts assigned by faculty each semester.
Special Collections and Archives comprises two library units, Special Collections and the Asian Library, that collect, preserve, and make available collections that span more than 900 years of human history. Holdings total 200,000 books dating from the 10th century to the present and cover a broad range of subjects, including literature, history, science, politics, religion, and the arts. Special Collections also holds archives of The Claremont Colleges, and the Asian Library acquires current print and digital materials in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean to support Asian Studies research, teaching, and learning. Staff members provide a full array of research support and instruction services to the students, faculty, and staff of The Claremont Colleges and the wider scholarly community. The Claremont Center for Engagement with Primary Sources, a program created by Special Collections, provides hands-on, semester-long projects with special collections for selected undergraduate and graduate students.