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The University Library is not accepting any gifts-in-kind materials donations meant for the circulating collection until June 1, 2023, while we complete a major collection management project. Gifts or rare books, archival materials, or other special collections are still being accepted. You may discuss any potential gift of special collections materials with Wil Weston, the Head of Collection Development.

Gift_Acceptance_Policy_URD_March_2023.pdf. Gift In Kind Transfer of Ownership 03-2023.pdf


General Guidelines


  • The Library supports SDSU students' general, cultural, and intellectual formation through its collections.
  • The Library adheres to these principles expressed in the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights. "Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval."
  • Student learning and research are our priority. San Diego State University Library collections provides the information resources necessary to carry out the University's teaching programs and to support the research of its students and faculty.
  • Collections supports the work of staff engaged in University business.


  • How does the Library select materials?
    • SDSU librarians select materials for student use in specific areas of study. The Library allocates specific funds to purchase books, journals, databases, and information sources. Librarians are careful stewards of these funds and avoid duplication and unnecessary expenditures. 
  • What does the collections team do?
    • The collections team consults with teaching faculty to select the highest quality online research and teaching resources for the SDSU community. We use a data-driven selection process that considers usage statistics as well as curricular and research needs of students and faculty. 


  • How does Library purchase resources?
    • Funding for acquisitions comes from many sources. These include annual appropriation of funds from the University to the Library and income from Library endowments. These are supplemented by gifts and grants. 
  • How may I add something to the library collection?
    • Any member of the University community (students, faculty, staff, etc.) may recommend acquisitions may be recommended by any member of the academic community using a request form
  • What formats are purchased? 
    • Acquisitions may be in a wide variety of formats. The advantages of the format, the rights to use the material (digital rights management for streaming videos, copyright, etc), cost, storage, access, and preservation concerns are all factors in format selection.

 For more information on SDSU collections, please consult the Collection Development Policy and the Collection Development Diversity Statement.


Collection Development Diversity Statement

As part of its Diversity Plan, the SDSU Library will embrace collection strategies that reflect Association of College & Research Libraries' Diversity Standards.

Collection Development Diversity Policy

Library Purchase Request Form

Any SDSU faculty member, graduate or undergraduate student, or staff member may suggest journals, databases, books, or media titles for purchase by completing the Purchase Request Form.

Library Purchase Request Form

Collection Development Policy

A guide in the selection of materials to be added to the collections to meet the information needs of SDSU.

Collection Development Policy

Special Collections Policy

The official repository for institutional records documenting SDSU.

SCUA Policy

Postponed Resource Renewals

A listing of postponed renewals of Library resources.

Postponed Resource Renewals