Guide to Collection Development
In its Collection Development activities, the Library respects the principles of intellectual freedom espoused in two American Library Association documents, the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read Statement.
The responsibility for developing the Library's information and bibliographic resources is divided among the Library faculty based on subject knowledge and experience. Department Library Coordinators are named from among the faculty in the Colleges to serve as liaisons for their Departments with the Library Faculty Liaisons. Working together, they strive to provide information resources which meet the needs of the campus community.
Faculty who have questions or comments about the Library's Collection Development activities should consult the appropriate individuals on the list of College, Departmental, & Program Library Liaisons.
Anyone in the Cal State LA community can recommend that a new book be purchased by the Library. Although the Library reserves the right to make all decisions on what to purchase, it will try to fulfill as many appropriate requests as possible, budget permitting. Requested books should be academic in nature, support the curriculum, and be reasonably priced. Popular or highly specialized titles are of lower priority. Priority will always be given to curricular needs over other pursuits. Use this Online Form to submit your recommendation(s).
The University Library accepts donations of materials which fall
within the scope of our Donation Guidelines (below). While we appreciate
our patron′s interest in supporting the library with donations, the review and
processing of gift books can be quite costly and is therefore limited.
Generally, current non-fiction books which fall within the scope of the current Cal State LA curriculum are the most appropriate materials to donate for the collection of the University Library.
With few exceptions, the following types of material will not be added to the Library's collection:
Faculty who feel that their donation has special merit should
consult with the appropriate liaison on the list of College,
Departmental, & Program Library Liaisons.
Appraisal of Value
If an acknowledgment is desired provide a filled out copy of the Gift Book Acknowledgement Form at the time you drop off the gift books at the Library or fill out a form at the time of drop off.
Gifts of less than 100 items may be left at the Service Desk, 1st Floor, Library North. Gifts of more than 100 volumes must first be reviewed by a Library representative prior to being accepted/delivered.
Gifts - Archival or Special Collections
Gifts - Monetary & Other Donations
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