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Collection Development Policy

We aim to provide access to materials that support UNE curricular areas, student learning, and faculty research.

Material Types

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 collection relevant and current, we regularly evaluate use and coverage. Items may be added or removed from our collection at any time.


Electronic formats are given first preference, with other formats considered either by request or when electronic access is not available or cost effective. This provides better access to resources across two campus locations, and supports our online and off-campus students.

Intellectual Freedom

We support intellectual freedom and the American Library Association’s Bill of Rights, their Intellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries and the 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’ collection, please read our gift materials policy.

Special Collections

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

Read the full policy [PDF]

Questions & Help

If you have questions on this, or another, topic, contact a librarian for help!