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Acquisition policy

The library’s collections and acquisitions – mainly books, journals and databases, both in print and electronic form – shall support and aid the research and teaching that is carried out at Halmstad University. Furthermore, the library covers the development of new media. A collection of literature of the more general character is also available.

The library’s staff is responsible for new acquisitions, choices, coverage, ordering etc.
However, all cooperation is encouraged between the staff, Heads of Department and researchers of the different branches. All users of the library are welcome with purchase suggestions. However, it is the library’s responsibility whether a purchase is to be made.

Enquiries regarding loans made from other libraries, a so called Interlibrary Loan, will be reviewed as a suggested purchase by the librarians.

Magazines, journals, reference books and encyclopaedias are preferably acquired as  electronic versions with an agreement of campus licence if possible. Printed versions of scientific publications that have been acquired as electronic versions are withdrawn. Books in electronic form with no/little print-out possibilities can be obtained in printed form if the need is required.

Literature donations are welcome, if considered useful to university studies. The library holds the right to decide the placement of these donations (list/withdraw/store).

Student theses of all levels is generally not acquired. The University’s own Student theses are, as of autumn 2006, published electronically in DiVA, therefore older printed student theses will be withdrawn from the libraries collections. Student theses from other universities are available in different electronic archives for example “Uppsök”.

The collection of literature is both relevant and current. Older and less common literature is withdrawn or stored. Subjects librarians are responsible for all removal and storage.

Literature that have not been loaned for a longer period of time are withdrawn if considered necessary. Classic books and literature considered unique for the library of Halmstad University are not withdrawn according to the above criteria (we are part of the National Library System and have a responsibility for the entirety).

When new subjects arise in the University’s education programmes, a specific check on the subject is made (preferably together with the Head of Department teachers).

Generally one item of each title is purchased. Several items may be purchased for literature that is high in demand and continually found on waiting lists. The purchase of soft-cover books and paperbacks are preferred to the more expensive hardback editions.

Compulsory course literature has in general one reference copy and one book available for loan. If the title occurs in a large amount of courses, then extra copies can be purchased.

The publications of Swedish theses are monitored. Theses relevant for the University will be acquired. It has become more and more common that these theses are published electronically in the University’s/college’s archives. Relevant electronic theses are listed in the library’s catalogue with a link to the relevant report. Even electronic reports that are considered of interest for the University, and available to everyone, are listed in the library’s catalogue. When interested in electronic documents, people are expected to read the texts directly on the computer’s screen or make printouts.

Feature films are acquired, the collection reflects many different genres and the history of film development. Diversity is sought after; therefore many different countries works are represented. Imaginative/fiction literature in both Swedish and English is purchased for the purpose of both education and pleasure (again if possible in paperback).
There ought to be a collection of fiction literature in addition to the course literature in the language courses.

Updated 2011-01-12