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The mission of Robert E. Kennedy Library is to promote open and informed inquiry, foster collaboration and innovation, support the unique needs of every student and scholar at Cal Poly, and contribute to the cultural life of San Luis Obispo. Read more about our mission, values and vision.

Access our annual reports on DigitalCommons. Other publications are available on our communications page.

Assessment & Surveys

We regularly assess our programs and survey our users so that we can provide the best services possible. When you ask, we listen.


The Student Library Advisory Council (SLAC) advises Kennedy Library on behalf of Cal Poly students.

The SLAC Winter 2013 Survey was sent to 20% of the student body with 693 respondents completing the entire survey and another 275 weighing in on select questions. Read more about the findings.


Full-time faculty were sent the internationally recognized Ithaka survey in spring 2014. We received a 19% response rate. Read about the findings and our next steps.


Kennedy Library’s annual statistics, including expenditures, staffing, service transactions, and collections, are reported in the California State University Libraries Annual Statistics.

Quick Facts


2014 ACRL University Library Award Winner

19,000 Cal Poly Students (approximate)
1,300 Cal Poly Faculty (approximate)


1.4M library visits
Open 4,736 hours per year (excluding 24-hour space)
88,146 visits to 24-hour space between 2-7am
16 group study rooms with total capacity of 140
1.1M web site visits


44 staff and faculty
189 student assistants worked 52,040 hours
4,813 people helped via reference


337 public computers with 271,612 logins
60 laptops and 60iPads loaned 43,371 times
$1.6M annual collections budget
160,000 eBooks
453,000 eBook Downloads
45,000+ online journals
1.3M full-text article views
2.7 million downloads from DigitalCommons@CalPoly

Questions? Contact us.