Collection Development Principles & Policies

Collection Development Principles & Policies

The UC Santa Cruz Library collects materials in all formats to support the University's research and instructional programs. Primary emphasis is on acquiring current materials and providing access to online resources.

Because UCSC is part of the greater University of California System, we are able to exert greater market leverage and benefit from the consortial acquisition of electronic resources via the California Digital Library (CDL). UC and the CDL continually and collectively negotiate for the most economical methods possible for licensing and acquisition of an array of scholarly resources across the disciplines.

As part of the UC System, we have access to the rich holdings of print books and journals located at other campuses and two off-site, high-density storage facilities, the Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF) and the Southern Regional Library Facility (SRLF). These UC-wide collections appear in the Melvyl database, a union catalog of all materials owned by the University of California Libraries.

UCSC has traditionally collected media as well as current monographs and serials published in print. The publishing world is now in a state of flux and the emphasis has shifted to providing access to scholarly research materials online. To support this shift, UCSC has partnered with Google, CDL, and the Internet Archive to digitize materials from the McHenry and Science & Engineering libraries. In cases when scholarly materials are published in multiple formats, the Library prefers to acquire material in one format only in order to make the most effective use of the University's financial resources. Online access is preferred and allows our users access anytime and anywhere. There may be instances where other formats may be more effective, of higher quality, or a better value, and the UCSC Library acquires print, microforms, and other non-digital formats to best serve the needs of our faculty, staff, and students.

One of the key strategic commitments of the UCSC Library is to maximize the use of campus library spaces to provide a variety of study, research, and cultural opportunities. Given that the collections grow by approximately 30,000 physical volumes every year, it is a priority to identify and carefully monitor the print volumes and other collections that remain in the campus libraries.

The UCSC Library welcome gifts of selected materials for the collections. Gifts enhance the existing collections of the Library and support the commitment of UCSC to excellence in research and instruction. Such gifts may include personal research papers, datasets, letters, manuscripts, and other appropriate research materials. Collections of archival or rare material are of strong interest to Special Collections and unique or historic maps of the local region (with the exception of road maps) are of interest to the Map Collection

The UCSC Library encourages prospective donors, especially those interested in making sizable donations of materials to first review the Library's gift policy or to contact the appropriate library subject specialist. In order to facilitate review, an inventory is always helpful and may be requested. To ensure maximum accessibility to the Libraries' resources, donors are asked not to request restrictions on housing, access, processing, or related matters. The Libraries reserve the right to decline an offer of material that is already held in the collections or that does not meet collection needs.