The primary objective of building the library's collection
is to support the instructional programs of the College and
the research needs of students and faculty. In addition, the
library acquires materials of a general nature that do not
uniquely benefit any particular discipline, but are necessary
for a well-rounded undergraduate collection. Please see
To recommend a title for purchase, please email
If you have any questions concerning Acquisitions, please contact:
Ann Haight, Acquisitions Librarian and Bibliographer
Upjohn Library Commons, Room 205
Priority 1: Materials produced by authors and publishers
of good reputation. Also those that are accurate and have
literary merit and immediate educational value for students
served by Information Services. Included are materials that
have basic permanent value and timely materials that have
current value. Course-adopted text books are generally not
purchased for the collection.
Priority 2: Materials that could be useful to students
and faculty in various subject areas within the educational
scope of the College, but which are not absolutely essential
to the collection in these areas. Also fitting into this category
are materials of outstanding quality that are not concerned
directly with the present curriculum of the College. Immediate
purchase of these books is desirable but not essential.
Priority 3: Materials of merit that would be "nice
to have" but are not essential to the collection, either
in support of the curriculum or in related subject areas.
These books could be thought of as luxury items.
Collection Development Policies:
The Kalamazoo College Library follows Collection Development
Policies for the acquisition of materials. A collection development
policy is a written statement of the library's intentions
for building its collection. It provides guidelines for staff
and describes the collection's strengths and weaknesses.
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