Collection Development Policy

The Law Library collection supports the advancement of legal scholarship, education, and research at the School of Law and fosters justice and public service in the legal community. Future directions for the collection will require flexible policies capable of responding to changing technologies and facilitating cooperative efforts in order to preserve and expand access to the Law Library’s collection in all formats. The criteria stated in this policy will assist in the development of a collection reflective of this forward-thinking philosophy.

  • To document the current collection philosophies, policies, and practices of the Law Library;
  • To inform all patrons and potential partners of the library of the nature of the collection, collection emphases, and criteria for evaluating new materials and resources;
  • To assist those responsible for selecting materials for the collection in understanding the philosophy and rationale that guide the development of the collection;
  • To allow present and future librarians to consistently select resources based upon stated criteria and provide access to a substantial array of legal information resources while avoiding unnecessary duplication;
  • To facilitate cooperative arrangements with other libraries in the provision of access to resources; and
  • To further support the Law Library’s continued collaboration with the UConn Library System in resource sharing as well as in related library-wide endeavors.

The Law Library collects in a wide range of subjects based on curriculum, faculty research areas, and, to a lesser extent, the needs of practitioners and other members of the public who use the library. The Collection Development Team regularly reviews the law school’s degree programs, course offerings, and clinical programs, as well as faculty publications. The Law Library collects most heavily in Insurance Law, followed by Energy & Environmental Law, Intellectual Property, Human Rights, and Tax. The Law Library also emphasizes other areas based on curriculum: Business and Commercial Law, Civil Procedure and Dispute Resolution, Constitutional Law, Health Law, Immigration Law, Labor and Employment Law, Legal History, Property and Land Use Law, and Trusts and Estates Law.