Library Collection Management Policy Summary
Library and Learning Resources exists to support and enable the Learning, Teaching and Research Mission of the University.
We do this by:
- Engaging with Academic staff to ensure that we have copies of the relevant course and module reading lists
- Working with Academic staff to purchase new materials required
- Attending relevant School and Course Development Meetings
- Responding to students’ requests
What do we add to stock?
- We attempt to purchase items required for reading lists
- We use our knowledge and experience to identify and purchase relevant items in subject areas taught in the University
- We listen to staff and student recommendations and requests
- We purchase additional copies of items in high demand (usually evidenced by reservation queues)
What types of material do we buy?
- Print and electronic books
- Print and electronic journals
- Electronic databases (which cover many of the formats listed here)
- Printed Music
- Sound recordings
What formats do we prefer?
- Wherever possible we provide materials in electronic form so that they may be accessed from any place at any time.
Do we discard materials?
- We remove from stock out-of-date materials, including previous editions because they might prove misleading or harmful unless specifically requested to retain them.
- We remove from physical stock surplus unborrowed material.
Do we review our holdings?
- Yes, we base decisions on usage and cost-per-use figures to ensure that Library materials reflect good value-for-money. Library space is limited so we can’t keep materials which don’t earn their place.
Last Updated March 2023