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

Purpose of the Collection

The purpose of this collection is to support the instruction and research at UCSB as well as the general public. The UCSB Library is committed to providing free access to government information and strives to meet the needs of all.


Geographical Coverage

All areas are covered.


Primarily English language publications; many documents are bilingual or multilingual. Materials in other languages are considered and selected on a case by case basis.

Chronological limits/Period Coverage

Primarily modern history coverage with emphasis on twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Publication dates

Primarily recent publications dates, although if appropriate, older publication dates as well.

Types of Materials Collected

Materials are collected for the express purpose of supporting the researching and teaching needs of those working in the fields of agriculture, arms control, census, crime, defense, demography, development, earth sciences, economics, education, elections, energy, foreign relations, government policies, health, human rights, justice, labor, political science, poverty, refugees, statistics, trade, treaties, and vital statistics.

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

The collection benefits heavily from the systemwide licensing of serials, indexing and abstracting databases, and digital archives by the California Digital Library and UC Libraries. Interlibrary loan is another resource that is used heavily. 

Related Collection Development Policies

Subject librarian: Shari Laster
Policy Last Updated: December 2016