Washington University in St. Louis
Collection Development Policy
Date Revised: February 2014
Subject Librarian: Deborah Katz
1. General purpose:
The primary purpose of the collection is to support the teaching and research of Department of Philosophy faculty and Ph.D. students, as well as undergraduate philosophy majors and minors. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of philosophy, the collection is of interest to many other departments and areas of study; Classics, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, & History.
2. Subjects excluded:
3. Languages included and excluded:
English is the primary language of collection but German, French, and some Italian works are important to faculty and graduate level research.
4. Geographical limitations:
None, but coverage is very much oriented toward western thought.
5. Chronological limits:
6. Retrospective acquisition:
The purchase of journal back files from JSTOR and other publishers was most important to faculty. However, there are significant gaps in the print collection of critical editions of the core European philosophers.
7. Types of material collected and excluded:
The most important formats to faculty are books and journals in equal measure. Digitized collections like European Books Online are also valued by faculty and graduate students. Films and microfiche as a last resort are purchased upon request.
8. Other factors to consider:
10. Subjects and Collecting Levels: