Collection Development Policy

The collection is the Library's major asset. It is a resource of immense historical significance and current and contemporary information. It was valued at $2.142 billion in 2010. The Library develops, maintains, preserves and makes the collection accessible to clients along with a broad range of online resources, including e-books, e-journals, newspapers and digital images from the unique heritage collections.

As a member of the National and State Libraries of Australasia (NSLA), the Library is committed to collaborative collection development.  The Library follows the Collaborative Collections Principles endorsed by NSLA.

The Collection Development Policy defines the Library's collecting priorities.

The Collection Development Policy is a dynamic entity and continues to evolve and change in response to service and information requirements of the public.

The State Library's first comprehensive Collection Development Policy was issued in 1990 and revised in 1993. The current Collection Development Policy was revised and placed on the Library's website between 2005-2008.

Features of the current Collection Development Policy:

  • describes and defines the Library's Collection in 'plain English'
  • captures staff knowledge about the Collection
  • reflects changes to the Library's collecting priorities
  • describes significant subject profiles

Documenting Life in New South Wales is about the Library's research level collections on New South Wales and Australian subjects.The General reference collections covers material on subjects across the collection collected at basic, intermediate and advanced levels.

Documenting Life in New South Wales

Research materials relating to the history, life, culture and achievements of people associated with NSW

General reference collections

Introduction to general reference collections covering new print and electronic material across all subject areas

Collection Development Policy PDF format

State Library of New South Wales Collection Development Policy (PDF 60 KB)

Suggestions for purchase

The State Library welcomes your suggestions for purchase for the Library. Every suggestion is carefully considered and decisions are made in accordance with the Library's Collection Development Policy. If you would then like to suggest a title, please complete the Suggestions for Purchase form.

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