Print book and electronic book collections work together to support the curriculum of the University. Ebooks provide the primary support for the curriculum of the University. Print books supplement ebooks in areas where print provides a better reading experience.
Selection is primarily the responsibility of the librarians. Any employee, student, or other user may request or suggest that material be added to the collection by submitting it to the library. College of Ministry faculty can request through the religion approval plan. Items requested though Interlibrary Loan that meet collection development criteria for the General Collection will be considered for automatic purchase at the discretion of ILL staff.
- Books offering a Christian perspective on the disciplines
- Item is uniquely suited to the University’s mission of integration of faith and discipline
- Biographies of notable figures in a discipline
- Support for the curriculum
- Notable author
- Awards and editorial recommendations
- Bestselling books that meet other selection criteria
- Timely and relevant subject matter
- Classic works
- Material is better suited to print than electronic
- Contain highly formatted or visual content.
- Are likely to be read cover-to-cover or where continuous access is desired.
- Are unavailable in electronic format or are unavailable for a reasonable price.
- User expresses a preference for the print version.
- Access needs to be guaranteed in perpetuity.
- Paperback format is preferred when there is a substantial cost difference.
- One print copy per title unless high use is observed.
- Not collected: excessively priced materials; materials intended for classroom use; foreign language materials which are not taught; and research level materials for faculty only.