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

Purpose of the Collection

The purpose of the collection is to support the daily work, professional assignments, and professional development activities of the library staff.

Subject Parameters


Materials are related to the profession of librarianship, and they are located in the general collection.


English is the primary language

Chronological Limits/Period Coverage

The emphasis is on current material.

Publication Dates

The emphasis is on current material.  Older materials may be purchased as the need arises.

Types of Materials Collected


Electronic versions of materials are preferred.  Print is purchased when electronic is not available.

Systemwide and Other Resources

UCSB collections serving library science benefit from the library’s participation in serials and research databases that are licensed by UC’s California Digital Library and funded by the UC campuses.  Interlibrary loan is used heavily, especially for older materials. 

Subject librarian: Chizu Morihara
Policy Last Updated: July 2017