John Spoor Broome Library Mission

The John Spoor Broome Library enhances the CI mission of interdisciplinary, international, multicultural, and service learning through active collaboration with students, faculty, and staff to plan, implement, promote, and access the use of collections and services and support student learning via its robust information literacy program.

Misión De La Biblioteca John Spoor Broome La Biblioteca John Spoor Broome promueve la misión de CI de aprendizaje interdisciplinario, internacional, multicultural y de servicio a la comunidad a través de una colaboración activa con los estudiantes, los profesores y el resto del personal con el objetivo de planificar, implementar, promocionar y facilitar el uso de las colecciones y servicios además de apoyar a los estudiantes a través de un amplio programa educativo sobre las competencias de información.


The John Spoor Broome Library is housed in an architecturally stunning building designed by the world famous British architect Lord Norman Foster. The library merges the campus mission architecture with a modern glass structure, combining both styles into a student–centered digital teaching library. The library’s mission is to enhance CI’s mission through active collaboration with students, faculty, and staff in developing collections, services, information and computer literacy skills.

The library gives students access to a robust collection of over 100,000 bound books and more than 400,000 electronic books, over 20,000 electronic journals and newspapers, numerous databases, a comprehensive digital image collection, best sellers, CDs, DVDs, access to 70,000 streaming movies, and children’s books. The library has an active course reserves service that engages with faculty to promote the use of library collection for course materials, both print and electronic, to reduce the cost of required texts and course materials for students. The library also houses a number of interesting archival and special collections that can be used for original research. The Robert J. Lagomarsino Collection contains papers, photographs, furniture, and memorabilia relating to Lagomarsino’s years of political service as a California Senate member from 1961-1974 and as a United States Congressman from 1974-1992. Other archival and special collections include the University Archives, Jack O’Connell papers, Harold T (Bizz) Johnson Congressional papers, Camarillo State Hospital, Elmer “Gene” Lore, Sr. Collection, Michelle Serros Collection, Irene and Jorge Garcia Chicano Studies Collection, City of Oxnard Collection, and the Southern California Chicano Cultural Collection.

The library provides students with opportunities to engage and create. The library is home to the Writing and Multiliteracy Center, and the Learning Resource Center, both integral parts of the library administrative structure. Broome Library also houses the Information Technology Help Desk, the campus art gallery, and the Student Research Space. The building provides attractive and enticing spaces for inquiry and study for both individuals and small groups. There are 130 hardwired computers with additional laptop computers available for check out. The library also circulates digital cameras, digital video cameras, hotspots, and Go Pros. Each year the library sponsors a number of events including a speaker’s series, Dia de los Muertos celebrations, and the library’s finals de-stress activities.

The Library offers classes and services that help students develop life-long information and multiliteracy skills. Librarians collaborate with faculty in all disciplines to provide information literacy sessions and resource specific instruction. The library also provides a robust reference service that includes both virtual and in-person research assistance, provided by a librarian, to teach students necessary research skills at their point of need. The entire library staff works to ensure that the John Spoor Broome Library is a comfortable, safe space that aims to nurture students as they learn to use the library, explore curiosities, and engage in a myriad of research and information activities.

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