Collection Policies - Physical Format
We also prefer online resources that provide campus-wide access and IP authentication.
Decisions in every case will be made by considering the following criteria:
- Is the information primary or secondary?
- Does it exist elsewhere in a stable digital format, preferably in a pdf format?
- How often and for what purposes is it likely to be consulted?
- Does the Library have an obligation to provide access to this material for future users?
Serials – Digital format preferred, so long as:
- The resource exists in a stable, citable format (such as pdf with original pagination) and,
- The resource is hosted by an established vendor or a governmental entity whose ability to archive and preserve is reliable.
Monographs – Print format preferred, however:
- E-books may be acquired upon request.
- E-book package subscriptions are also considered depending upon subject needs.
- Acquired at the special request of faculty or if of major legal significance.
- Classic movie and tv series titles with significant legal themes are also acquired.
Microforms – Collect microforms infrequently considering the following criteria:
- Expense, infrequency of use or unavailability precludes having a print copy
- Online access is not available
- Print copies would be likely to deteriorate
- Space constraints limit print copies
CD-ROM – Prefer not to purchase CD-ROMs or discs . CD-ROMs and discs that accompany printed material are retained with the books.
Reprints - With few exceptions, do not collect reprints. The primary exception is reprint editions of important basic or historical works. We will purchase a reprint edition of such a work if we do not own an original printing, or if the copy of the original printing is not suitable for routine circulation.