Library Collection Management Policy Summary

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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
  • Videos

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  • We remove from stock out-of-date materials, including previous editions because they might prove misleading or harmful unless specifically requested to retain them.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