The Collection

The CSI Library is committed to providing a balanced collection of select materials that support the College’s instructional, curricular, and research goals. At present, the Library’s collection consists of approximately:

  • 279,844 print books
  • 480,750 ebooks
  • 106,450 online journals
  • 195 online databases
  • 26,278 streaming video titles
  • 5,000 sound recordings
  • 1,100 musical scores
  • 1,471 linear feet of archival materials plus about 1600 volumes

Collection Development Policy

The goal of collection development at the College of Staten Island (CSI) Library is to create and maintain a collection of information resources to support and enhance the college’s curriculum and mission.

The curriculum of the college provides the main guidelines for the selection of library materials. Materials are primarily collected in subject areas in which students are expected to conduct research.The college supports research from the associate to the doctoral level; therefore, the CSI Library collects and maintains a balance of resources to meet these curricular needs.

The CSI Library collects materials in numerous formats based on the availability, cost, disciplinary requirements, and the professional discretion of library faculty. The library will collect resources in various electronic forms while acknowledging that print resources will remain of critical importance to collect and preserve.

The CSI Library acquires materials to serve faculty needs if the materials support the college’s curriculum. Interlibrary loan, document delivery, and other types of resource sharing—both within and outside of CUNY—are available to faculty as well as students to facilitate scholarship in instances when the CSI Library does not hold the desired resources.

On occasion, the library may decide to develop specialty collections that support college’s curriculum and community (e.g., children’s books, nonfiction bestsellers, book prizes).

Specific evaluative criteria to be applied when choosing individual items include some or all of the following:

  • The relevance of the information resource to the curriculum.
  • The lasting value (e.g., expected frequency of use over time) of the content to the academic and research needs of the college’s students.
  • The quality, authoritativeness, and accuracy as determined by review sources, bibliographic aids, and the professional judgment of library faculty.
  • The level of appropriateness as related to the college’s curriculum (e.g., “undergraduate,” “upper-division undergrad” or “graduate”).
  • The strength of present holdings in the same or similar subject areas.
  • The authority of the author or the reputation of the publisher.
  • The likelihood that interest in the subject and resources will endure.
  • The cost of the item and the format (e.g., print vs. electronic, DVD vs. streaming).
  • Media that is closed captioned will be selected when it is available.
  • Textbooks and multiple copies are primarily purchased for the Reserves collection based on budgetary availability.
  • The library acquires primarily English language reference and research information sources, with the exception of obtaining information to support foreign language programs (e.g., Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, Sign Language, and Spanish programs.)
  • Within the criteria suggested by the college’s mission, curriculum, the academic merit of the resource, and the evaluative criteria above, the library will attempt to collect resources that reflect a multiplicity of experiences, perspectives, and ideas as articulated in the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights.

Faculty and student requests are welcome. However, the CSI Library will only acquire materials that are in concert with the Collection Development Policy as stated above.