Objectives of policy

The Collection Development Policy will define for Library staff, Library users, faculty, administration and other interested parties the scope and purpose of the University Library collection to support all strands of the triple helix: teaching and learning, research and engagement.

Policy rationale

The Collection Development Policy outlines the history and strengths of the University Library’s collection in broad terms and guides future collection development.  The policy is a dynamic document and is intended as a tool for decision making, and dependent on strong collaboration between Library staff, academics, students and faculty or graduate school Library committees.


The Policy applies to the University of Melbourne Library, including all branch libraries and the Cultural Collections managed by the Library (including University Archives and the Grainger Museum).

Authority statement

This policy is governed under the Terms of Reference of the Libraries and Academic Resources Committee (LARC) which requires the University Librarian or nominee to make recommendations to the LARC in relation to plans and budgets for the development of Library services as follows:

  • In collaboration with the Provost, Faculties, Graduate Schools and related Academic Board committees, to develop appropriate qualitative and quantitative indicators of the quality of the University’s scholarly information services and resources, taking into account national and international recommended practices, and to oversee, monitor and review their use. ·
  • To monitor the quality of the University’s scholarly information services and resources and ensure these are appropriate to academic teaching and research programs, taking account of international developments and best practice in order to ensure that services and resources are of the highest possible quality and standards.
  • To advise the Academic Board on policy matters access to and use of all scholarly information services and resources including library use and user services
  • To receive reports from the University of Melbourne Archives and the Grainger Museum.


The University Librarian is responsible for this policy and its periodic review.