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WCU University Libraries Continuity Plan

Collection Development During COVID-19

In response to COVID-19 and in order to follow CDC guidelines and practice safe quarantining of physical resources, the University Libraries have adopted a collection development policy for the current academic year.

  • General Book Ordering
    • EBooks will be the primary format purchased.
    • Unlimited and multi-user options are strongly encouraged.
    • Vendors and publishers with existing contracts and platforms will be the primary access method.
    • EBooks from textbook publishers will not be purchased.
    • Print books will be purchased on a very limited basis.
  • Reserves Book Ordering
    • Print reserves will not be available and print books will not be purchased for reserves.
    • Unlimited or multi-user eBooks will only be purchased for e-reserves.
    • University Libraries supports and strongly encourages the adoption of OER for textbooks.
    • EBooks from textbook publishers will not be purchased.
    • Vendors and publishers with existing contracts and platforms will be the primary access method.
  • Streaming Materials
    • Streaming will be the primary format purchased.
    • Vendors and publishers with existing contracts and platforms will be the primary access method.
    • Physical copies of audio/visual materials will be purchased on a very limited basis.
    • Physical reserve of audio/visual materials will not be available and no new physical items will be purchased for reserves.
  • Donations are not being accepted at this time.

Reach out to your subject specialist with questions or to assist you with finding alternative options from our collections. We also strongly encourage the use of OER and using the Faculty Select tool to discover alternative options.