Washington University in St. Louis
Collection Development Policy
Date Revised: April 4, 2014
Subject Librarian: Melissa Vetter
1. General purpose:
2. Subjects excluded:
3. Overlap with other collections or subjects:
4. Languages included and excluded:
We collect English language materials extensively. All others are collected only upon request.
5. Geographical limitations:
Psychological thought in the United States is the emphasis of the collection. Due to the fact that important new psychological constructs increasingly originate outside the United States, important works from other countries with potential impact on theory or practice in the United States, will also be collected. The increasingly global viewpoint of all disciplines, including psychology, is acknowledged.
6. Chronological limits:
Although the Library selectively collects works related to classical theorists and research, in order to support the curriculum and faculty research, the library purchases mainly current material.
7. Retrospective acquisition:
Current material is emphasized, but older material is purchased at the request of faculty and budget adequacy.
8. Types of material collected and excluded:
9. Other factors to consider:
Works by current and retired faculty are collected. All rare books belonging to the library are kept in the Department of Special Collections, Olin Library.
10. Subjects and Collecting Levels:
Most of psychology is at level 3 or 4.