Collection Development Policies

University Library Collection Development Policies and Procedures

Clarke Historical Library Collection Policies are on a separate page.

Last updated: 2/17/21

Central Michigan University is a doctoral, research-intensive university. The University Library's primary users are the students, faculty, and staff of the University. The Library's secondary users are members of the community who have open access to the facility and collection. The University Library's collection development is influenced by the following criteria:

  • College curriculum
  • Faculty research interests
  • Demonstrated usage of library materials

Levels of collection development intensity are the product of these factors either on an individual basis or in varying combinations.

The University Library strives to provide support to all areas of academic endeavor and research based on the university's academic priorities. Its mission includes the following specific goals:

  • To provide library materials that support the instructional programs of the university and to anticipate needs arising as a result of new courses and degree programs.
  • To obtain materials that support the research requirements of the faculty and graduate students.

The University Library actively seeks suggestions for additions to the library's collections from members of the faculty of library materials that will support classroom instruction and research. However, the overall responsibility for collection development rests with the Director of Collection Development and the subject librarians, whose task is to ensure that the library collections closely support the instructional and research programs of CMU within the level of funding available. A list of more specific guidelines concerning collected materials follows.

Collection Development Guidelines

1. Collection needs
The University Library collects for both present and future needs.

2. Format
The University Library collects serials, monographs, and media. While our collections are now mostly electronic, we purchase materials in the format (as available) most suited to the needs of our users.

3. Language

Materials are purchased in languages appropriate to University teaching and research needs.

4. Serials

The University Library aims to collect a broad spectrum of indexed serials that support the university curriculum and the research needs of the faculty.

5. Subject matter

The University curriculum is the primary consideration for the subject matter of library materials added to the University Library's collection. Collection Development strives to build a collection capable of supporting undergraduate instruction, graduate study, and advanced research.

6. Exclusions

The University Library does not collect textbooks, duplicate copies of little used materials, new editions that lack substantial change from earlier editions already owned, or out-of-scope materials. The University Library does not accept gifts of books, periodicals, media items, or other materials.

7. Deselection Policy

Deselection is a routine process of removing outdated, underused, and obsolete resources from the library's collections in order to maintain a relevant and reliable collection. However, deselection criteria may differ according to subject (for example, date of publication may be relevant in sciences but not in humanities). The subject specialists can choose and prioritize according to the needs of their respective subjects and collections. Items are considered for deselection on an item-by-item basis in accordance with this policy, the Library's collection development policy and the Library's overall mission and goals.

CMU Libraries Collection Development Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

In keeping with Central Michigan University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and professional guidelines from the American Library Association’s  Library Bill of Rights and the Association of College and Research Libraries’  Diversity Standards: Cultural Competency for Academic Libraries, the CMU Libraries pledges to collect and make available library materials reflecting the interests, concerns, and achievements of individuals and groups from marginalized and historically underrepresented populations.