Collection Development Policy

Fintel Library collects and catalogs resources to support Roanoke College's educational programs, for research, and for cultural enrichment, as well as collects and preserves materials pertaining to the College and its surrounding area, its faculty, and its alumni.

Fintel Library does not develop specialized collections outside the College's educational programs. Gifts are accepted when they support the research needs of students and faculty. Not all items are suitable for fulfilling this role at Roanoke College though they may be appropriate for other academic, public, or special libraries. Special collections donated to the College but unrelated to this mission should be accompanied by financial support for processing and preservation. (Gifts Policy)

Librarians in collaboration with faculty members share responsibility to meet student information needs through the selection and acquisition of course-supporting materials. Having knowledge of courses offered, librarians work with faculty in collection building, evaluation, and weeding.  Librarians also collaborate with Hollins University librarians in the selection of federal depository documents to meet the needs of the surrounding area.

Library holdings are accessible to all campus and community members. Materials solely for departmental, classroom, laboratory, or office use should be purchased directly by the interested parties.

Multiple copies of materials are not ordered due to library budgeting and space limitations. Any exceptions must be justified at the time of request.

For research on campus and beyond Fintel Library provides a reference collection of print and electronic resources.

Librarians will survey patrons and monitor use to ascertain needs and evaluate services. The Library Director allocates budget funds in accordance with student and research needs.