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Collection Development: Introduction

Provides information about the collections building process for the College of Charleston libraries.


Collection Development Resources

Material to Request?

The following links will assist you in building library collections in your subject area.




Collection Highlights
Explore new books, eBooks, databases, and recent CofC faculty publications available from the library.

Collection Highlights


Welcome to your guide for

everything Collection Development 

at the College of Charleston Libraries. 


We are part of the Collection & Content Services department, and we are here for you as you seek to purchase materials such as books, ebooks, DVDs, journals, ejournals, and any other resources that will help support your teaching and research.


Collection Development Staff

If you're looking for your library subject liaison, click on this link and use the dropdown menu to select your discipline. Click your liaison's photo for contact information.


What Does it All Mean?

  • Firm orders - These are orders for specific titles that are paid for out of each department's individual budget. Titles are selected by departmental faculty and submitted to library liaisons, who then approve the purchase and submit to the Acquisitions & Resource Management Services department who place the orders with the vendor. Visit the Firm Orders tab for more detailed information.
  • Journals & Databases - Members of the CofC community can request databases and journals to be included in our collection. Database and journal requests are reviewed by a committee once a year and are evaluated for quality and appropriateness for our collection. Visit the New Subscriptions tab for more detailed information.

Learn more about the College of Charleston Libraries' Read & Publish Agreements and other ways it supports Open Access publishing. 

Read & Publish Agreements

Data Dashboards

Access detailed statistics about our collections, expenditures, and digital services.

Data Dashboards