This policy provides guidelines for the systematic development of the library's collection of material in all formats. It outlines criteria to be considered by librarians and faculty members when selecting and withdrawing materials, and provides an overall framework for collection development. It also informs the university community of the library's collection goals and policies.
Faculty members may submit requests for library materials through their departmental Faculty Library Liaison. Generally, most ordering takes place from September to March. Each liaison works with a librarian assigned to the liaison's discipline. Each librarian is responsible for the overall development and management of the collection in their assigned areas.Collection Policy Guidelines
As a general rule, the Mardigian Library does not purchase textbooks for courses offered at UM-Dearborn due to limited funding, frequent edition updates, and limitations from textbook publishers on library acquisition and licensing of their materials. We define a textbook as "an edition of a book specifically intended for the use of students who are enrolled in a course of study or preparing for an examination on a subject or in an academic discipline, as distinct from the trade edition of the same title, sometimes published in conjunction with a workbook, lab manual, and/or teacher's manual." 
A Library Selector may make an exception, on a case-by-case basis, for a single copy of a physical textbook or for an electronic textbook (either unlimited-user or single-user depending on availability and cost) that provides the only or best coverage of a subject, or when the work itself is of a seminal, historical, or other significant nature. Due to possible high demand, faculty are encouraged to place a physical textbook on Course Reserve to maximize access for students. We do not place e-resources on Course Reserve.
Before considering a textbook for purchase, the Library Selector, in consultation with the requesting faculty member, should follow the process outlined below:
Approved: Library Leadership, July 22, 2020Material Donations
The Mardigian Library does not accept material donations. Please consider donating to an organization that accepts books such as the AAUW-Dearborn Branch, Better World Books, or your local public library.PDFs
Currently enrolled students and currently employed faculty and staff are eligible for a free digital subscription to the New York Times (NYT) (some limitations apply) and Wall Street Journal (WSJ).
Access requires creation of accounts for each site. Full details and setup instructions are available on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal setup pages.