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Library collection development

The library collection consists of printed and electronic resources that support University learning, teaching and research activities. Liaison librarians work with academic staff to ensure materials are available in a variety of formats and loan periods. See our Collection Development Policy for more information.

We have two special collections: SURE the Institutional Research Repository and a small Special Collections department. This contains primary source material relating to Sunderland and the North-east including the North-east Mining Archive (NEEMARC), along with personal papers and broadcasts of Sunderland born journalist, Kate Adie.

Subscriptions and e-resource annual review

The annual review of subscription resources happens in consultation with academic staff to ensure our subscriptions to journals and databases support current learning, teaching and research activity, within our available budget. Your engagement in this process makes a valuable contribution, giving you and your students access to appropriate resources.

Recommendations for purchase

We have an e-first approach to new acquisition. You are responsible for selecting appropriate resources for inclusion in My Module Resources lists for the modules you teach. Where possible, you should select from the stock we have available in our collections. Where new texts are required please contact your liaison librarian. Ebooks are highly recommended for inclusion in resource lists (where they are available to buy), as they allow both on and off campus access and are essential for modules taught in any of our partner institutions or studied by independent learners.

Collection review

We carry out regular collection reviews to ensure our collections are up to date and fit for purpose. You will be consulted before any proposed deletions in your subject area are made. The day-to-day management of collections, such as withdrawing lost or damaged items is done routinely, and generally without consultation, by professional library staff.

Collection Development Policy


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