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Collections Development Policy

The Collections Development Policy governs how UNE Library Services selects resources for purchase or subscription access. We aim to provide access to materials that support UNE curricular areas, student learning, and faculty research.

We consider for purchase or subscription access

  • Required and supplementary reading for courses and curricular areas
  • General interest and popular reading titles
  • Reference materials
  • Scholarly journals
  • Research databases and other online resources
  • Educational and general interest film titles

We will consider the purchase of other materials upon request.

In order to keep our collections relevant and current, we regularly evaluate use and coverage. Items may be added or removed from our collections at any time.


Due to the need to offer resources across two campus locations, as well as support the needs of online students, electronic versions are given first preference, with other formats considered either by request or when electronic access is not available or cost effective.

Intellectual Freedom

We support intellectual freedom and the American Library Association’s Bill of Rights, its Intellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries and its Freedom to Read Statement.

We provide access to resources and materials which represent a variety of perspectives on controversial matters. Selection is without partisanship regarding matters of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, morality, or political philosophy. As long as resources fit into the general collection parameters of Library Services, all points of view and subjects will be considered without prejudice or censorship when determining the balance of the collection.

Purchase Suggestions

We welcome purchase suggestions from faculty and students. Make a purchase suggestion.

Donations & Gifts

If you would like to make a donation to the libraries’ collections, please read our gift materials policy. Gift materials are evaluated for currency, relevancy and with a mind to the balance of our collections. We cannot guarantee that all gifted items will be added to the collection or will remain available. If you would like donated items we do not add returned to you, please let us know; otherwise items may be distributed or donated to a non-profit for resale or recycling.

Special Collections

Our Special Collections may have their own collections development policies. For more information, contact the specific collection.

Read the full policy (PDF)