Collection Development & Management Policy

Executive Summary

Anglia Ruskin University Library supports our University's strategic objectives by ensuring that students and staff have seamless and timely access to a wide range of library services, excellent learning support and high quality information resources. The Collection Development and Management Policy has been designed to provide a framework to underpin the development and management of the University Library's (UL) collection of information resources and the provision of access to content within the context of the University's strategic objectives and the UL's planning priorities.

This policy sets out general statements, principles and guidelines for:
  • the selection and acquisition of books, journals and other resources
  • the evaluation and withdrawal of stock and cancellation of subscriptions
  • the provision of access to content and resources, some of which are not necessarily held at Anglia Ruskin University
  • the location and circulation of physical materials
The process of selecting resources for the UL is a co-operative partnership between academic staff and UL staff. Through a shared understanding and a consistent approach we ensure that the resources we select and manage are relevant, support the curriculum, and represent good value for money.

Our University's strategy advocates electronic reading lists for all taught modules, which are managed through ReadingLists@Anglia. The selection of resources includes a key text that students are expected to purchase.

We actively aim to ensure highly responsive, student-centred collection development processes. Where available, we purchase electronic versions because they enable wider access, support distance learners and save physical space. The UL is also actively involved in the provision of access to research data and information. Access to resources not held within our collections is provided through document delivery, interlibrary loan services and participation in collaborative schemes which allow our staff and students to use other university libraries.

The UL is committed to the continuous review of our collection to ensure that it is relevant, up-to-date, cost-efficient, easily accessed and in good physical condition. We review and update this policy regularly, in line with corporate objectives and timescales, to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of our academic community.

Full Collection Development & Management Policy (.pdf).