Library Policies

Collection Development Policies


This compilation of Collection Development Policies is a work in progress. Some policies are in finished form and have been ratified through appropriate channels. Other policies or policy sections are in preliminary or draft form, remain subject to imminent revision, and await ratification. And some sections await future development, or are in draft versions or revisions too early to post. Look for an indication of current status accompanying each policy or, in some cases, specific policy sections or sub-sections.

Definition of "Collection": As used in these policies, "collection" and "collections" encompass both physical media collected and housed in the library building or library satellite facilities, and "virtual collections" of online resources (databases, ebooks and e-journals, streaming services, etc.) to which the library provides access for its clientele through licensing, subscription, or purchase.

Ratifications and Endorsements: Unless noted otherwise, adoption or ratification of specific policies refers to their adoption or ratification by the Library Faculty (the Whitworth Library's staff of professional librarians), based on consultation with others as appropriate. Ratifications or endorsements of policies by other entities, such as the Library & Information Resources Committee, apply only to those sections where they are noted.


Revised 10/13/08; minor revision 6/27/2017 ACRC