Module 8

Library Collection Development Policies

Library Collection Development Policies: for any library- the Collection Development Policy (CDP) is perhaps the most important library policy which supports the library’s primary task of selecting, maintaining, and providing access to relevant and representative information resources for all learners. This module will cover essential CDP elements to develop quality, relevant library services and is important for sustainability in the project. The Collection Development Policy serves as a Blueprint and guide for:

  • Selecting and deselecting (printed and electronic) resources for the Library collection.
  • Sound foundation for future planning, thereby assisting in determining priorities, especially when financial resources are limited
  • The wider context: Individual libraries are increasingly unable to provide all their services by themselves, they are banding together into cooperatives, alliances.