The mission of the John Bulow Campbell Library is to serve as a learning resource center for Columbia Theological Seminary in ways consistent with the Seminary's mission statement. The Library, therefore, operates in the context of "an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ." Through its policies and procedures, the Library is particularly responsive to the phrases from the Seminary's mission which call the Seminary "to provide theological resources for the denomination, for the ecumenical church, and for persons with a variety of theological concerns," and "to be faithful to the gospel, and to become a living expression of the Body of Christ in the world."
The particular mission of JBCL is:
1) to enable all library users to locate and utilize any needed source of information,
2) to collect and provide information relevant to the curriculum, as well as to the traditions of the Church and the Seminary,
3) to serve as a gateway to both in-house and external sources and forms of information, and
4) to promote intellectual discovery for the Seminary community. This mission is accomplished through the different services provided by the Library as a whole and by various members of the Library staff.