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Policy Last Updated: January 1, 2010


The Collection Development policy is a 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 Lauren Eisler, the Department Faculty Library Liaison and the Department Chair.


To support teaching, study and research up to the Honours B.A. and M.A. levels. As program offerings generally reflect faculty areas of competence, the collection also supports faculty research interests.


  • Language: primarily English language materials are collected.
  • Place of Publication: priority is given to materials from Canadian or American publishers followed by British and European publishers.
  • Dates of Publication: emphasis of ongoing purchases is on current publications.
  • Chronological Period: coverage is from the 19th Century forward.
  • Geographical Areas: priority is given to works with a North American focus, with secondary emphasis on British and European matters.
  • 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 2 is generally avoided.
  • Excluded types include textbooks, abridgements, study aids, limited editions, works by vanity presses, reprints and partial contents (eg. single issues of journals, electronic versions of single chapters of books).

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.
Subjects collected Classification Collecting priority
International perspectives on injustice HM146 A
War on drugs HV5840 (Canada); HV5825 (US) B
Collected works (nonserial) HV6015 - HV6016 B
Theory and methodology HV6018 A
Critical criminology HV6019 A
History of the science    
General works HV6021 C
By region or country HV6022 C
Biographies (criminologists) HV6023 C
Communications in criminology    
General works HV6023.5 A
Information services HV6023.6 B
Computer network resources (including the internet) HV6023.8 B
General works, treatises. (English) HV6025 C
Criminal anthropology    
General works HV6035 C
English HV6036 C
Criminal types    
General works HV6045 A
Female offenders HV6046 A
Habitual criminals, recidivists HV6049 A
Delinquent women, female offenders HV6557; HV6517; HV8738 A
Criminal anthropometry    
General works HV6065 C
Special, Bertillon method, general works HV6068 C
Photography of criminals HV6071; TR822 C
Finger prints HV6074 C
Criminal psychology RC451.4; P68 (criminal psychiatry) A
General works HV6080 B
Criminal responsibility HV6083 A
Prison psychology HV6089 B
Examination of exceptional criminals HV6112 - HV6113 B
Causes of crime, criminal etiology HV6115 - HV6190 A
Victims of crime, victimology HV6250.2 - 6250.4; Y68 A
Criminal ethnography (general - by race - Indians - North America) HV6194; E98 C87 A
Crimes and offences    
General works HV6251 A
Offenses against the environment HV6401 - HV6405 A
Crimes against the person (general works) HV6493 B
Homicide, murder, etc.    
Collected works HV6499 B
History (general works) HV6505 B
History (modern general works) HV6511 A
History (19th - 20th century) HV6513 A
General works HV6515 B
Woman murderers (including woman serial murderers) HV6517 - HV6535 A
Sex crimes HV6556 - HV6593 B
Ritual abuse HV6625.5 B
Crimes against property HV6638 - HV6700 B
Offenses against public morals HQ 101+ (prostitution); HV5001+ (alcoholism, tobacco, drug habits) B
Ritual abuse HV6625.5 C
Domestic violence HV6626 A
General works HV6705 B
Gambling HV6708 - HV6727; GV1247; GV1301+; HG4626; HG6001+ B
Commercial crimes, financial crimes (including white collar crimes) HV6763 - HV6773.55 A
Crimes and criminal classes    
History (general works) HV6779 A
History (early) HV6781 B
History (19th - 20th century) HV6783 A
General works HV6789 C
By region or country HV6801 - HV7220.5 C
Criminal justice administration    
Collections of monographs, essays, etc... HV7405 - HV7407 A
Communication of information HV7412 - HV7412.4 B
General works HV7419 A
Police, detectives, constabulary    
History (general works) HV7903 C
History (early through 1800) HV7906 C
History (1801 - ) HV7909 A
Community policing HV7936; C83 A
Police misconduct (corruption) HV7936 C85 A
Racial profiling HV7936 HV8141 A
Policy duty, methods of protection    
General works HV8031 C
Investigations of crimes, examination and identification of prisoners    
General works (includes geographic profiling) HV8073 C
Identification of documents, proof of handwriting HV8074 - HV8076 C
Identification of other objects   C
Bloodstain patterns (blood stain analysis) HV8077.5 B56; RA1061 C
Clothing HV8077.5 C6 C
Footprints, footwear impressions HV8077.5 F6  
Glass HV8077.5 G55 C
Hair HV8077.5 H34 C
Investigation and detection of special crimes HV8079 B
General works, history and description (early) HV8135 B
General works, history and description (19th - 20th century) HV8138 A
By regions or countries (other than the United States) HV8157 - HV8280.7 C
Penology, prisons, corrections, and documents    
United States HV8311 - HV8395 B
Other regions or countries HV8395 - HV8480 B
Collected works, general HV8491 A
History of penal science HV8497 - HV8532 A
Forms of punishment (early) HV8545 - HV8654 A
Forms of punishment (modern) HV8693 - HV8749 A
Prison methods and practice HV8751 A
Prison reform    
Congresses (international) HV7243 A
Collections (international) HV8971 A
History of the movement HV8975 A
Reform literature (early through 1850) HV8980 B
Reform literature (1851 - ) HV8980 B
Juvenile offenders, juvenile delinquency, reform schools, etc... HV9051 - HV9230.7 A
Offender rehabilitation HV 9272 – HV 9276; HV 9304; HV9307 – HV 9210 (Canada); HV 9303 – HV 9306 (US) A
Rehabilitation - methods of assistance HV9281 - HV9288 A
Prison industrial complex HV 9501 – HV9510 (Canada); HV 9471 – HV 9473 (US) A
Justice, equality before the law (restorative justice) JC578 A
Legal / political corruption JF1081; JF1525 C66 B
History of law K140 - K165 A
Administration of justice, organization of the judiciary system K2100 B
Judicial error (wrongful conviction) K5560 (US); KE9440 (Canada) A
Criminal law and procedure KB3790 - KB4855 A
Prosecutorial misconduct KD8045 A
Informants KE8468 (Canada); KF9665 (US) B
Jurisprudence KF213 A
False confessions KF9664 B
Forfeiture KF9747 C
Legal ethics KK8004; KD479 - KD482 A
International criminal courts and tribunals KZ6304 - KZ6332 A
Mass media and criminal justice P96 C 74P96 C742 A
Crime in mass media PN4784 C8 A
Junk science Q175.37 C
Recovered memory syndrome RC455.2 A
Sex offenders - rehabilitation treatment RC560; HV6556 A
Substance abuse - offender treatment RC564 A
Violent offender - treatment RC569.6 V55 A

Related programs and support

Consortial purchases with the TriUniversity Group of Libraries (Guelph, Waterloo, Laurier university libraries), with the Ontario Council of University Libraries, and on a national level, are pursued.