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The Special Collections and South Carolina Historical Society reading room in Addlestone Library will be closed Friday, June 21, 2024 for deep cleaning. We look forward to welcoming researchers when we re-open on Monday, June 24, 2024.

Collection & Content Services Data Dashboard: ACRL Data

Facts and figures about the College Libraries' collections.

Multi-Year Materials Budget Analysis

ACRL Statistics

please note: null entries indicate that data has not yet been gathered for the time period.

Responsible Budget Management

Collection development decisions are based on several criteria including:

  • faculty request
  • scholastic value
  • collection need
  • uniqueness
  • accuracy

As a rule, for the circulating collection, we collect current scholarship in fields that directly impact the curriculum.

Renewal decisions for subscription resources are based on the following criteria:

  • Uniqueness of the title, collection, or database
  • Price of the subscription
  • Subscription terms, including annual inflation rate
  • Cost-per-use
  • Usage of resource over a minimum of three years
  • Faculty feedback

Every subscription resource (print or electronic journal or database) is subject to an annual inflation rate that raises the cost of our fees every year. Because of the continually rising cost of journals and databases, it is vital that regular assessment of these resources is conducted annually.