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Collection Management Policy

Library & Learning Support develops and manages quality resources to support the academic and scholarly work of NLU students, faculty, and staff. This is a statement of the basic principles that guide the selection, evaluation, and management of the resources the library collects at NLU. The Library’s collections include the books at the Chicago, Wheeling, Lisle, and North Shore libraries, the electronic resources to which the library subscribes, and the university’s Archives & Special Collections. The NLU community is composed of the students, faculty, and staff of the university, as well as the affiliated researchers of NLU.

The library endeavors to maintain a collection of resources that further the mission and goals of NLU. The collection includes materials related to academic programs, materials related to the research agendas of faculty, and materials that document the history and development of NLU as an institution of higher learning. While the library encourages feedback and recommendations for library resources from students, faculty, and staff, final selection decisions are made by the faculty of Library & Learning Support.

Library & Learning Support does not collect required textbooks in print format for active courses taught at NLU.

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Quality: We will focus its resource selection on materials that have been evaluated or are recognized by scholarly, literary, or professional communities.

Relevance: The scope of the collections will strive to meet the needs of NLU students, faculty, administration, and curriculum.

Diversity: We will aim to provide materials representing a range of viewpoints on current and historical issues related to the curricular focus of the university.

Accessibility: We will make all reasonable accommodations to ensure the usability of library collections for all patrons.

Preservation: We will employ best practices to preserve all print and digital collections collected by the library insofar as they continue to meet quality and relevance principles.


Library & Learning Support collects and manages both print and electronic books with a content focus on Education, Social Science, and Business. Additionally, we manage a robust collection of Children’s and Young Adult literature. Cost permitting, we will prioritize the selection of eBooks from academic and scholarly publishers; however, Children’s and Young Adult Books will continue to be primarily selected in print format.

Book selection is left to discretion of Faculty Librarians assigned to specific content areas. The content areas are divided as follows:

Academic Books

Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Teacher Resource Collection (TRCs)


Library & Learning Support maintains a collection of print journals, serials and newspapers. Very few current print periodicals are being selected because mostjournal articlesare supplied in full-text format through our online databases and electronic journal subscriptions.  Articles from periodicals not owned by NLU are available through interlibrary loan.


The Library has a variety of electronic resources including online books, journals, and reference sources.  Electronic resources are selected or deselected on the basis of quality, relevance, and cost.


The Library manages a small collection ofmultimedia for academic support. This includes VHS, DVDs, audio recordings, and access to streaming video libraries. The library will consider requests to collect and assist with the use of multimedia at the request of NLU faculty.


Library & Learning Support no longer collects microform documents.

The Library will obtain materials that members of the NLU community need by a variety of means, including I-Share and interlibrary loan. The Library will abide by any resource sharing agreements that govern the operations of consortia in which NLU participates.

To ensure the quality and relevance of library resources, it is essential to remove materials at regular intervals in order to best serve the research needs of the NLU community and to conserve library space.  Decisions to remove materials from collections are the responsibility of Library Faculty. Decisions for resource removal will take into account these criteria:

  1. Relationship of the materials to the curricular focus of NLU
  2. Usability of resource format (i.e. analog, print, digital, etc.)
  3. Demand based on available usage statistics
  4. State and condition of materials
  5. Space and location constraints

The Donations service has been suspended as of March 8, 2018.

Previously, the library had accepted donations such as books, faculty papers, archival materials and monetary donations while reserving the right to refuse any item that does not support the collection’s mission and goals. The Library will not furnish estimates of monetary value for donated items.

The NLU Library places material on reserve in both print and electronic version to support classroom instruction at select campuses.  The Library strictly follows all applicable copyright and intellectual property laws when placing material on reserve, whether in print or electronic format. Please visit the page on Course Reserves for more information.

The Archives and Special Collections collect, preserve, and provide access to records and documents related to the history and development of NLU. These collections include the Archives, Special Collections, Dissertations, publishing services, and digital collections.

Access and Use

The Archives and Special collections are located at North Shore. The unique holdings of the Archives and Special Collections are not available to leave the building; however, accommodations for scanning and photography can be made for materials strong enough to withstand such use. Physical access to and use of Archives and Special Collections is available to the public by appointment only. Please contact for more information.

Access to digital content through Digital Commons, Archon, ContentDM, and the Internet Archive is unrestricted. Use of all digital materials is subject to U.S. Copyright Law and applicable Fair Use Guidelines.

Dissertations and Theses

The Library collects dissertations and theses written by our students.  Most print theses and dissertations are available at the library at Wheeling. More recent dissertations are available online from Digital Commons at NLU.

Weinstein Collection

The Weinstein Collection was named in 1985 in memory of Gertrude and Seymour Weinstein. Itis a collection of historically significant examples of children’s literature and illustration.  The NLU Library will add either first or early editions of books that have demonstrated significance to the development of children’s literature. 

Digital Collections

Digital Commons at NLU: This collection preserves and provides access to the research and scholarship created by the students, faculty, and staff of NLU. The scholarship here represents the communities of inquiry at NLU in education, social sciences, and professional studies, including peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, presentations, theses and dissertations. 

Elizabeth Harrison-Chicago Kindergarten Movement: This collection focuses on the history of the Kindergarten Movement in Chicago, the history of education reform in the 19th and 20th centuries and National Louis University's role in these developments.

Yearbooks of National Louis University: This is a complete collection of digitized yearbooks of NLU between 1916 and 1993. This collection benefits from the generous support of the Internet Archive and the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries of Illinois.


The University will encourage donors of unique materials for the Archives or Special Collections to transfer copyright to the institution whenever possible.

This policy was adopted in January of 2015 and will be reviewed biennially.


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