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Winthrop University

Library Collection Development

A high-level overview of the ordering process, liaison roles, and collections policies.

Subject Priorities

Selection priority is placed on curricular support, as well as focus on South Carolina and the local region around York County. First preference is given to materials which directly support students’ coursework.  Secondarily and where appropriate, the Library collects materials that support research and advanced study. Thirdly, the Library collects, on a small scale, materials which meet the primary users’ intellectual and recreational needs beyond the immediate curricular areas. Areas not taught at the University are collected only on a limited basis to meet specific needs of students or faculty. Since the primary purpose of the Library is to support the curriculum, continuing strong support is contingent upon the subject matter’s continued relevance to curricular and faculty needs.


The Library generally purchases materials only in English and in those languages taught at the University. The Library may occasionally purchase material in a language other than the above-mentioned if the item is unobtainable in any other way and if sufficient need can be demonstrated.

Geographic Focus

In terms of subject content, the Library makes no exclusions as to geographic area. Rather, the Library responds to curricular and research needs.

Chronological Coverage

In terms of subject content, the Library makes no exclusions as to chronological coverage. However, in terms of publication date, the Library’s emphasis is on collecting recently published materials.