Old Dominion University Libraries

Policies & Procedures

Policies & Procedures



Collection Development Policy


The University Libraries' collections will directly reflect and support its mission and the goals of the University. Specifically, the priorities for building balanced collections across disciplines include:

  • Providing university-level scholarly resources that support the academic programs and faculty research interests. Collections will reflect diverse viewpoints and areas of scholarship.
  • Affirming the University Libraries' commitment to enabling every person to engage in the lifelong pursuit of knowledge by supporting the open exchange of ideas, innovation, intellectual freedom, diversity, and equitable access to information.
  • Continuing the University Libraries' tradition of meeting curricular changes and intellectual demands with thoughtful innovations that build on past achievements.

In carrying out its collection development activities, the University Libraries adhere to the principles expressed in the following statements from the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights: "Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.... Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval." (See appendix I).