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

Purpose of the Collection

The primary purpose of the Exercise and Sport Studies collection is to support faculty research and undergraduate instruction for the Department of Exercise & Sport Studies.

Academic Department/Program Description

The Department of Exercise and Sport Studies offers a comprehensive program of half-unit classes, and select undergraduate lecture courses. Additionally, the department offers a certificate program with emphasis in Group Fitness, Health & Wellness, Personal Training and Sport Management.


Subject coverage emphasizes current material and spans a number of disciplines including, but not limited to, recreation and intercollegiate sports, exercise, sport management, health and nutrition, and injury prevention. English is the primary language.


Subject coverage for this collection includes the following Library of Congress call number ranges: GV1-1198: Recreation and Leisure, including sports management, outdoor recreation, physical education and training, and individual sports; RA781: Exercise for health; RA784: Nutrition; RC1200-1245: Sports physiology, sports medicine; RM725-727: Exercise therapy.


In general, electronic formats are preferred over print and other physical formats, but acquisition of e-resources may be contingent on platform usability, acceptable license terms, cost relative to the equivalent print, and other factors.

Systemwide and Other Resources

UCSB collections serving Exercise and Sport Studies benefit from the University of California Digital Library-licensed serials and research databases funded by the campuses.

Related Collection Development Policies

Because the exercise and sport studies fund is relatively small, many materials are collected on other funds. For more information, see the collection development policies for the following subjects:

Subject librarian: J. Elaine McCracken
Policy Last Updated: June 2015