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Collection Development

Collection Development

The Wichita State University Libraries provide access to information resources and develop library collections to meet the teaching, learning, research, and scholarship needs of the WSU faculty, staff, and students. Collection development involves looking at current and anticipated curricular and research demands of the WSU community and evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of our collections to meet those demands.

Books & Other One-Time Purchases

Liaison Librarians work to maintain a strong book or monograph collection in all formats that meets the needs of faculty and students. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to use the Purchase Request Form to request specific books, videos, and other materials needed to support their curricular amd research needs. 

Databases, Journals, & Other Subscriptions

WSU Libraries subscribe to databases, journals, and other resources that are updated regularly. Subscriptions incur ongoing cost, like rent for a house. Since the WSU Libraries' budget for materials has been relatively flat with declining purchasing power due to inflation since 2012, adding new subscriptions requires the cancelling of existing ones. To request a new subscription, use the Purchase Request Form.


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