Collection Development Policies


Most library collection development policy statements include a description of user needs; an overview of what is collected to meet those needs; who on the library staff collects what; and a very detailed subject breakdown of what is regularly added to the collection. This policy statement includes the first three but lacks the detailed subject breakdown of what is acquired by the libraries. The latter information is in a database that has not been converted for Web access. We expect provide this additional information in the near future.

Your comments and questions are welcome. For specific subjects please contact the appropriate subject specialist. For any other issues or concerns please e-mail Barbara List, Director, Collection Development (listb@columbia.edu) or Jeffrey Carroll, Assistant Director for Collection Development (jc677@columbia.edu).

You may also wish to consult the Directory of Library Subject Specialist Liaisons.


A. General Policy Statements

B. Subject Policy Statements

C. Format Policy Statements