Last updated: July 1, 2007


The Collection Development policy is used as a guide to shape relevant collections and to ensure consistency in collection development. The decision to purchase library materials is primarily the responsibility of the Collections Librarian in consultation with faculty in the Department.

This policy has been developed by Michael Skelton, the Collections Librarian, in cooperation with and endorsed by Kathleen Cameron, the Department Faculty Library Liaison and the Department Chair.


  • To support teaching, study and research up to the graduate level, as well as to support faculty research
  • Areas of special interest must include: algebra, analysis & topology, applied mathematics, computer science, financial mathematics, geometry, operations research, statistics & probability. Within each specific area individual faculty members may make recommendations for items to be included in the collection.


  • Language: Primarily English language materials are collected. Important publications primarily in French, German, Spanish and Russian will also be considered either in their original language or in translation if available.
  • Place of Publication: emphasis is placed on Canadian or American publishers first, then British and European
  • Dates of Publication: emphasis is placed on recently published works
  • Chronological Period: both contemporary and historical works are acquired
  • Geographical Areas: no restrictions
  • Publishers: works from scholarly and academic publishers are emphasized

Types, formats, and readership of materials collected

  • Materials with academic-level readership are selected
  • Web-based formats for reference sources, journals and indexing sources are preferred. Print and microform are considered for reason of cost, availability, expected use or long term access.
  • Single copies of books in print formats are generally selected. Web-based formats are selected on a title by title basis, especially if the title is of interest to users at multiple Laurier campuses. Duplication of print across Laurier campuses is generally avoided.
  • Excluded types include textbooks, abridgements, study aids, limited editions, works by vanity presses, juvenile, pamphlets, reprints and partial contents (eg. single issues of journals, electronic versions of single chapters of books). Titles already held by the Universities of Waterloo and Guelph may be excluded.
  • The following items, as they apply to Mathematics, will only be considered for inclusion in the collection upon the request of the Mathematics faculty:
    • Proceedings of conferences, symposia, international congresses, etc.
    • Selected Canadian and American theses
    • Reports of non-governmental organizations such as research centres, university departments, etc.
    • Numeric and/or spatial data

Subjects collected and collecting priorities

Collecting priorities are categorized into 3 levels:

A - highest emphasis
The collection includes major published materials required to support the core teaching and research at the highest degree level offered by the Department.
B - secondary emphasis
The collection includes a selection of materials to complement the discipline as a whole, although it may not be a primary focus for courses.
C - selective emphasis
Materials, including reference materials and basic journals and indexes are collected to introduce and define an area.
Collecting priority by subject
Subjects collected Classification Collecting priority (Undergraduate) Collecting priority (Graduate/Faculty)
General HA1 - HA28
Theory and method HA29 - HA32
Time-series analysis HA30.3 C
Risk management HD61 C
Mathematical models HG106 B A
Mathematical models, mathematics of investment HG4515.2 - HG4515.3 B B
Future markets (general works) HG6024.A3 A A
General QA1 - QA74 C
Applied mathematics (i.e. business and other disciplines) QA39.2 A A
Popular work, elementary education QA77 - QA149 C
Algebra (general) QA150 - QA272 A B
Combinatorics, combinatorial analysis QA164 - QA167.2 A A
Group theory QA174 - QA183 B B
Number theory QA241 - QA247.5 B
Commutative rings and algebras QA251.3
Non-commutative rings and algebras QA251.4
Associative rings and algebras QA251.5
Nonassociative rings and algebras QA252 - QA252.5 A
Game theory QA269 - QA272.5 A A
Probabilities QA273 - QA273.67 A B
Stochastic processes QA274 - QA274.8 A A
Theory of errors, least squares QA275 A A
Mathematical statistics QA276 - QA280 A A
Order statistics QA278.7 A
Nonparametric methods QA278.8 A A
Decision theory QA279.4 - QA279.7 B B
Time series analysis QA280 A
Interpolation, sequences, series QA281 - QA296
Numerical analysis QA299.5 B
Analysis (general) QA299.6 - QA439 A
Calculus QA303 - QA316
Functional analysis QA319 - QA329.9 A
Theory of functions QA331 - QA355
Differential equations QA370 - QA380 A A
Continuous groups (of transformations), infinitesimal transformations (topological groups) QA385 - QA387
Analytical methods used in the solution of physical problems QA401 - QA425
Nonlinear theories, nonlinearity QA427 B
Difference equations & functional equations, integral equations, calculus of differences QA431 B A
Geometry (general) QA440 - QA800
Elementary geometry QA451 - QA469 B
Projective geometry QA471
Modern geometry QA473 - QA475
Trigonometry QA531 - QA539 A
Algebraic geometry QA564 - QA609
Topology, knot theory QA611 - QA614
Infinitesimal geometry QA615 - QA639
Differential geometry QA641 - QA670 A
Non-Euclidean geometry QA685
Analytic mechanics (general) QA801 - QA939 A
Dynamics QA843 - QA871 A A
Fluid mechanics QA901 - QA930
Elasticity, plasticity QA931 - QA939
Applied mathematics, quantitative methods T56.8 - 58.3 B B

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