The General Collection contains most of the print monographs owned by the library. The primary goal of the collection is to support the curriculum of the University. Each branch library has a General Collection.
Selection is primarily the responsibility of the librarians. Any member of the administration, faculty, staff, student body, or other users, may request or suggest that material be added to the collection by submitting it to the library or 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.
- Paperback format when available.
- One 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.
A-AZ: General Works [AE, 11/18]
- Not collected.
B-BD, BH-BJ: Philosophy, Logic and Ethics [?, ?]
- Biographies of notable philosophers.
BF: Psychology [AE, 11/18]
- Biographies of notable psychologists.
- Commentaries on classic texts.
- Overviews of major theoretical perspectives.
- Overviews of specialty areas, such as personality, psychological testing, memory and cognition, etc.
- Popular psychology bestsellers
BL, BP, BQ: Religions, Islam, Buddhism [AE, 11/18]
- Greek and Roman religions and mythology.
- Histories/overviews of Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and other world religions.
BM: Judaism [AE, 11/18]
- Books on Judaism should be purchased via the Perkins collection/endowment when possible.
- Some cross-over collection development happens through the religion approval plan.
BR-BX: Christianity, the Bible, and Theology [AE, 11/18]
- Usage warrants broad acquisition across subject areas and levels with a focus on Evangelical perspectives.
- Most selection in this area is done by the faculty via the religion approval plan.
General Collection [BETA]
The General Collection consists of important classic and contemporary books. Books purchased for the general collection should be recognized as significant either through editorial recommendation or award selection.
Books are purchased in the following broad subject areas
- Christianity and Religion
- Business and Economics
- Politics and Leadership
- Social Issues and Psychology
- Science, Technology, and Medicine
- History and Biography