The University of Texas Libraries collects material in all formats in support of the University's teaching and research mission. Primary emphasis is on acquiring current materials, with a special emphasis on increasing access to online scholarly resources.
The Libraries seek the most effective and economical methods possible for its collection acquisitions, licensing, and contracting procedures.
As an internationally recognized research library, the University of Texas Libraries had historically
devoted most of its collecting activities to acquiring current monographs and serials published in paper format. The emphasis
has now shifted to providing access to scholarly research materials online. When scholarly materials are published in multiple formats,
the Libraries will usually acquire material in one format only in order to efficiently steward the University's
financial resources. Online access is preferred when it is determined to best meet the needs of the Libraries users.
There are instances, however, when other formats may be more effective, of higher quality, a better value, or best meet the
behavioral characteristics of the University of Texas Libraries' users. The Libraries acquire print, microforms, and
other non-digital formats when these are determined to best serve the needs of the University of Texas faculty, staff,
The Collection Development Policies relate the collecting practices of the University of Texas Libraries to the University of Texas at Austin's instructional, research and programmatic needs. These policies assist subject specialists in making not only routine selections, but also guide broader electronic collecting efforts, approval plan profiles and gift acceptance decisions.
These documents provide the framework for the coordinated collection development program
throughout the University of Texas Libraries, and function as a guide to the Libraries resources for
faculty, other users, and libraries. In particular, the policies describe the
scope and nature of the collections and provide information on cross-disciplinary interests within the University.
As an indicator of collection strengths and weaknesses, the policies can be a useful tool in resource-sharing and cooperative
For more information consult the Acquisitions Manual for Faculty or the Collection Development Policies by Subject.
The University of Texas Libraries develops its collections and plans information access strategies according to policies based on a continuing analysis of the University's evolving academic programs, research interests, and user needs. In light of these policies, the University of Texas Libraries acquires or provides access to a wide variety of resources in formats ranging from manuscripts to digital online content, in many languages and scripts, supporting inquiry in all areas of knowledge.
Functions carried out by the program include the management of library funds for information resources;
the selection, purchase/lease/licensing and location of library materials; the management, continuing assessment, and preservation of library collections; and the evaluation and disposition of gifts.