Collection Development Statements

Yale University Library Collection Development Philosophy

The Yale University Library collects, organizes, preserves and provides access to a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity in a variety of formats, in support of the teaching, research and public missions of the university. As one of the world’s leading research libraries, and in keeping with Yale’s global reach, the library also strives to support the global community of scholars through our collections and services.

Librarians collect in appropriate and available formats by adapting strategies that provide for the anticipated needs of patrons. Availability of digital content varies due to disciplinary and geographic differences, developments in the publishing marketplace, and technological advances. Yale librarians assess the Library’s collections for quality and accessibility, and foster peer relationships within the library profession to better inform Yale’s library collection building.

Academic libraries have limited resources to collect comprehensively in all subject areas and therefore supplement their collections through interlibrary borrowing and lending programs. The Yale University Library participates in several consortial arrangements, and seeks collaborations with other libraries, publishers, commercial and open access enterprises, open source communities, and digital initiatives, in order to maximize access to resources.

This Collection Development Philosophy guides the work of collection managers and subject specialists across the Yale University Library. Collection development statements for specific disciplines or departments describe priorities and operational approaches appropriate to those disciplines, but all collection development work is clearly aligned with the strategic goals and priorities of Yale University.

The Collection Development Philosophy was reviewed and approved by the Advisory Committee on Library Policy on March 27, 2013.