The collection development guidelines establish priorities for the selection of library materials and the criteria for withdrawal of materials from the collection.
The acquisitions librarian works with other librarians and discipline faculty to ensure that materials which support the instructional programs of the college are added to the collection. First priority shall be given to resources which directly support subject areas and vocational emphases currently represented by credit courses offered at Estrella Mountain Community College.
The primary purpose of the library's collection is to support student learning and classroom assignments. In addition, as funds are available, the library purchases materials to support faculty, staff and community members as life-long learners. For those members of the college community whose scholarly or research needs are beyond the scope of library collections, librarians will help to identify, locate and borrow such materials through interlibrary loan.