Introduction to the General Collection Development Guidebook

The purpose of the General Collection Development Guidebook is for the Portland State University Library to highlight information regarding the University Library general collections. We do not cover our unique collections within special collections & archives, PDXScholar, digital exhibits, University archives digital gallery, government information & maps or Dark Horse Comics in this document. In addition,  this documentation provides overviews on how we purchase and provide access to material for Portland State for use with instruction and research. This document is a framework regarding the ways we can collect and offer general resources to the PSU campus. These processes and structures are continually evolving and changing. For this reason, please read this document as our best practices at this moment in time. For any questions related to the University Library’s general collection, please ask your subject liaison or the collection development & management librarian, Jill Emery at


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