Computer Science Collection Development Policy

Purpose of the Collection

The purpose of collection activity in computer science is to support the instructional curriculum and research activity in the Computer Science Department up through the doctoral level. The Department of Computer Science offers programs leading to the degrees of bachelor of arts and bachelor of science in computer science, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science.

Scope of Coverage

Languages: Although English is the primary language, materials in other languages are also acquired on a selective basis. If at all possible, translations into English are preferred, especially for those materials which are in Russian, Japanese, and Chinese.

Chronological Limits: The emphasis is on current material. Historical material is collected minimally.

Date of Publication: The emphasis is on current material. Retrospective materials may be purchased as the need arises.

Types of Materials


Individual titles as well as numbered monographic series are purchased. Textbooks are acquired minimally, especially at the lower division level.


Both domestic and international serials are purchased. The emphasis is on core journals to satisfy curricular interests.


Major material from international associations, societies, and other learned institutes may be acquired.

Reference Materials

Major abstracts and indexes, dictionaries in subject fields, encyclopedic works, handbooks. Reference materials have a high priority in acquisition. Electronic versions of materials are also acquired. In addition to the criteria used for judging print materials (authority, content, etc.), other factors are considered. These include:

  • Method of access: non-proprietary protocols such as the world wide web are preferred
  • Availability: access to the entire campus is preferred to library-only access
  • Licensing requirements
  • Availability of archives

For secondary literature, campuswide electronic access is desirable where available and affordable, followed by print access and mediated online searching where necessary.

Exclusions: Popular books, equipment/vendor catalogs, reprints from journals.


Approval plan

Due to the number of books published in the computer science field, and the limited size of the fund, we only receive slips notifying us of books available that meet the criteria developed by Davidson Library. Those slips can be used to select books.

Other Resources

Sources Outside UCSB: Interlibrary loan is used heavily. Many requests for older materials are satisfied through ILL, but if the demand is of a continuing nature the material is considered for acquisition.


Policy Last Updated: October 2004