Collection Development Principles & Policies

The UC San Diego Library collects materials in all formats to support the university’s research and instructional programs. The Library's primary emphasis is on acquiring current materials and providing access to online resources.

Because UC San Diego is part of the wider University of California System, we are able to exert greater market leverage and benefit from the consortial acquisition of electronic resources via the California Digital Library (CDL). UC and the CDL continually and collectively negotiate for the most economical methods possible for the licensing and acquisition of an array of scholarly resources across the disciplines.

As part of the UC System, we have access to the rich holdings of print books and journals located at other campuses, as well as at the UC's off-site high-density storage facilities, the Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF) and the Southern Regional Library Facility (SRLF). These UC-wide collections appear in the Melvyl database, a union catalog of all materials owned by the University of California Libraries.