The Waidner-Spahr Library of Dickinson College exists to enhance the educational experience of students, and to facilitate the teaching and research activities of faculty members. Materials purchased for the library collection are supportive and inclusive of our rigorous liberal arts curriculum, and encourage student learning beyond the minimum requirements of the classroom. To that end, the Library staff will continually assess the usefulness of the Library’s collection and make improvements based upon curricular enhancements, usage trends, and budgetary considerations. These collections guidelines will steer the Library’s purchasing habits; help the Library plan for the future of the collection; make judicious use of the budget; communicate purchasing considerations to faculty, administration, and students; and help promote a collection that serves all academic departments and majors.
Use the tabs at the top to find information about specific collection categories. We will periodically add information to this guide regarding policies and procedures for building and maintaining the library collection (for example, as new formats of information emerge). Questions regarding library collections may be directed to Theresa Arndt, Associate Director for Library Resources & Administration (firstname.lastname@example.org).