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Collection Development Policy

Textbook Collection Practices & Procedures


The SHSU library generally does not purchase textbooks. However, a subject librarian has the discretion to purchase a textbook if it has research, study, or archival value beyond the needs of individual coursework.

A textbook is a manual of instruction specifically intended for the use of students enrolled in a course of study or preparing for an examination on a subject or in an academic discipline. 

Textbooks present challenges for library collection development because:

  • Textbooks are frequently updated with new editions
  • Textbooks are designed and sold as 1 copy per student. The library seeks to purchase single copies of works to be used by all library patrons.
  • Library budgets and space constraints do not allow the Library to purchase and maintain all copies of books used in SHSU courses.


Faculty or student submits request for purchase of a textbook to subject selector. 

The Subject Selector considers available budget funds, usefulness of textbook to the library collections, and uses their discretion to purchase or not purchase the textbook


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