Guiding Principles for Collection Development and Management


  • The teaching, learning and research activities of UR faculty and students are at the center of our activities.


  • Our current collections reflect the University's current courses, curriculum and research.


  • Our special collections support study, teaching and advanced research and document the history of our University and community, guided by a policy available online
  • We base our decisions on evidence from the University's Office of Institutional Research:
    • research grants
    • enrollment and faculty size
    • external standards and trends


  • We actively manage our collections, aiming to strike a balance between well planned collection development, curation and demand driven acquisitions.


  • The reading and research practices of our community are changing as more books and resources are published online. We recognize that print materials continue to be important for some disciplines, even as readers discover new formats.


  • We steward our print collections with care, acquiring and retaining only one copy unless demand requires more.


  • We are mindful of the costs of maintaining and preserving physical and digital collections.


  • We are committed to the ongoing assessment and adaptation of our strategy and procedures.


  • We look for opportunities to collaboratively collect and share collections/resources within the Libraries, with University partners and beyond.


  • We actively support deep collaborative relationships with faculty and with student groups regarding our collections.


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