Humanities Collection Development Policy

Policy Purpose

This collection development policy is a guide to Davidson Library acquisition of library materials to support the instructional and research needs for the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The library recognizes and supports the growing interdisciplinary nature of research, scholarship, and teaching.


The Humanities Collection is a supplemental fund for interdisciplinary titles that cannot be categorized into any one discipline. This collection emphasizes subjects related to popular culture and cultural studies. The collection includes both scholarly and popular treatment of subjects across the disciplines. The Humanities collection includes Art History, Classics, Dance, Drama, English, Film Studies, History, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Studio Art.


The collection is primarily in the English language with some resources in the Western European languages.


Materials are collected in a variety of formats including but not limited to the following: digital, monographs, serials, microform, and video.

Collection Levels

The Humanities Collection supports the teaching, research, and study activities of the UCSB campus community.

Geographical Scope

Geographical coverage is worldwide.


Unpublished theses and dissertations are acquired on a highly selective basis. Textbooks and minor revisions are excluded.


Author: Carmelita Pickett.
Policy Last Updated: February 14, 2002