Providing materials to support the educational mission of the university is one of the library's key roles. Any and all types of materials may be requested for purchase with the exception of course textbooks. Purchases will be considered based on availability, cost, and need.
Collection development is a collaborative effort between faculty librarians and campus faculty, staff, and students to ensure that the educational and research needs of the university can be satisfied with the library resources. This collaboration requires frequent communication between those developing the curriculum and the librarians charged with managing the library collections.
There are some general guidelines that have been developed over time, such as:
These are general guidelines and librarians have broad discretion in meeting the collection needs of the faculty, staff, and students.