Meet UCI's University Librarian

Lorelei Tanji

University Librarian
UCI Libraries



Lorelei Tanji has been University Librarian for UCI Libraries since October 2012. She leads a library system that includes 4 libraries; over 4 million volumes, and almost 200 librarians, archivists and staff members. She oversees the strategic vision, mission, and goals of the UCI Libraries.

Through the dedication and contributions of highly skilled UCI Libraries’ employees, the UCI Libraries provide collections and services that support the world-class research, teaching and patient care on campus. The Libraries also serve as an important gateway to knowledge for the community.

Among her responsibilities, Tanji also represents the UCI Libraries at the campus, system-wide, and national/international level. She is a member of the University of California Libraries’ Council of University Librarians (CoUL), having served as Chair for three years (2013-2016). Tanji serves on the Board of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), a consortium of university, college, and research libraries.  Tanji also serves on the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Publications in Librarianship Editorial Board (2019-2022) that focuses on research relating to the field of librarianship, and she is also a member of the Association of Research Libraries’ Academy Advisory Committee.

Tanji is a Steering Committee Member on the Pacific Rim Research Libraries Alliance (Secretariat (PRRLA) having served as Chair 2016-2018. The alliance focuses on cooperative ventures among research libraries located around the Pacific Rim to improve access to scholarly research materials.

Tanji envisions the library as a major bridge between the campus and community—where its public programs connect and bring people together in a shared experience of interaction and learning.


Tanji received her Master of Library Science (M.L.S.) from UCLA and holds degrees in music from UC Davis (B.A.) and UCLA (M.A.). Over the course of her career, she has held various professional positions of increasing responsibility at UC Riverside and UCI.

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