About Our Collections
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Paperbacks. When making a choice between paperback and hardback,
the long term value and expected use of the title will be considered. The
library will always have to buy the hard back, not unless there is only
a paper back edition.
Textbooks, Programming and Lab Manuals. Titles in these categories
are not normally purchased. Exceptions are those which have earned a reputation
as “classics” in their fields, or which are the only best sources
of information on a particular topic. Such titles will be evaluated and
added to the collection based on the above guidelines and are delineated
in the discipline policies.
Materials will be purchased as needed to support the curriculum in all formats
for which the Benavides Library has equipment and facilities. The Library
will not collect such items as:
- Article reprints, pre-prints
- Master theses and dissertations produced in other colleges and universities
unless UST related
- Equipment manuals
- Medical instruments
Normally the Benavides Library will not add to the collection materials
in obsolete formats to the collection. Any addition of such materials to
the collection will be at the discretion of the subject liaison and Library
Administrators. The primary criteria for consideration will be the availability
of equipment for use of the material and the availability of storage space.
Decision to withdraw such items will be based upon the obsolescence of the
format and the physical condition of the necessary equipment. If funds are
available and the contents warrant preservation, materials may be transferred
to another format instead of being deselected.
Microform. If the library already holds a title in microform, hard
copies should not be purchased unless special need can be demonstrated.