Collection Review Process

An ongoing collection review process is in place within the University of Melbourne Library as part of routine collection management. This process identifies the hard copy collections (primarily books and journals) that should be housed on open access shelves in campus libraries.


Discipline and liaison librarians review material using a number of criteria to ensure

  • material held on campus is high use, accessible and relevant for current teaching and research
  • damaged, redundant and obsolete material is removed from the open shelves
  • space and shelving is optimised


There are various outcomes that arise when collections are reviewed: material may be transferred to Special Collections, relocated to one of the University Library’s off-site stores, or de-accessioned and removed from the catalogue.

Decisions regarding replacement of damaged items will be made by library staff. Repair or rebinding of materials may also be undertaken.

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