Collection Development Policy for Computer Science

General policies and principles for the Library's collections are stated in the General Collection Development Policy.  

Purpose of the Collection

Collection activity in computer science supports the instructional curriculum and research activity in the Computer Science Department

Academic Department/Program Description

The Computer Science Department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in computer science. The Computer Science Department works with many related research organizations including the California Nanosystems Institute, Center for Bioengineering, and the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind. 

Subject Parameters

Research in the Department emphasizes the following areas: 

  • Algorithms and Theory
  • Computational Science and Engineering
  • Computer Architecture
  • Computer Science Education and Diversity
  • Database and Information Systems
  • Machine Learning and Data Mining
  • Networking
  • Operating Systems and Distributed Systems
  • Programming Languages and Software Engineering
  • Security and Cryptography
  • Social Computing
  • Visual Computing and Interaction


Materials purchased in computer science support the research and curriculum needs of the department and are generally current English language resources. Preference is given to electronic formats due to space considerations in the library as well as convenience of access.

Because the budget for serials is fully committed, new subscriptions are considered only if an equivalent dollar amount of existing local subscriptions can be cancelled.

Systemwide and Other Resources

In order to maximize our purchasing power, the vast majority of materials selected for computer science are purchased consortially with other UC campuses.  These include:

  • Databases, including ACM Digital Library, Compendex Plus, IEEE Xplore, INSPEC, and Web of Science.
  • Monographs, including titles from Elsevier, Safari Tech Books, Springer, and Wiley.
  • Serials, including titles from ACM, Elsevier, IEEE, Springer, and Wiley.   

Author: Andrea L. Duda
Policy Last Updated: March 2015