Collection Development Policy

Mission of the Libraries and of Collection Development

The mission of collection development at the University of Georgia Libraries is encompassed within the Libraries' Mission Statement:

“The University of Georgia Libraries provide collections and services in support of the instruction, research, and service missions of the University of Georgia. In keeping with the University's dual role as capstone of the University System of Georgia, and as a land grant/sea grant public institution, emphasis is placed on meeting anticipated as well as current needs.

The Libraries develop, manage, and store collections in an expanding variety of formats; provide access to knowledge and information in those collections using appropriate storage, access, and communications technologies; preserve the information in those collections for present and future generations; and assist and instruct the public in the use of library resources. The Libraries also serve the public through participation in cooperative efforts to collect, access, and preserve information at the regional, national, and international levels.”  

The Libraries' current Five-Year Plan includes the following goal for collections:

“The Evolving Collection: Blending Access, Ownership, and Preservation:
The modern library collection is a mix of traditional print and a growing body of electronic publications. Our challenge is providing the best blend of these resources in a package that is easily understood and used.”