Our Mission

The mission of the UCLA Lab School Gonda Family Library is to help students develop a passion for reading and learning and the information literacy skills that enable them to successfully navigate a diverse and changing world. In addition, as part of a laboratory school, we participate in and support the school’s research and outreach efforts.

This will be achieved by:

Working with students to

  • Promote engagement with literature and a lifelong love of reading and learning through library programs and access to carefully selected books and other digital materials
  • Teach them to identify, find, evaluate and use information ethically and responsibly

Collaborating with teachers to

  • Provide relevant materials that enhance the school’s educational program
  • Develop and teach lessons across the curriculum
  • Support outreach to teachers in the wider community

Working with parents to

  • Provide access and advice about books and other digital materials so they can read aloud to their children, encourage their children to read on their own, and help support their children’s informational needs
  • Provide support and information about children’s use of the internet

Collaborating with researchers to

  • Support investigation of issues related to children’s literacy, information literacy, library use, and library collections


The UCLA Lab School Gonda Family Library adheres to the following position statements of the American Library Association and the American Association of School Librarians

Access to Resources and Services in the School Library Media Program: An Interpretation of the American Library Association Library Bill of Rights

Position Statement on the Role of the School Library Program

Position Statement on the Value of Independent Reading in the School Library

Position Statement on the School Librarian’s Role in Reading

National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries