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    Collection Policies & Donations

    • The full CapU Library Collection Development Policy is available online.


      Karin Hall, Collections Librarian, coordinates the selection of materials by Librarians for their liaison areas, according to collection and curriculum needs and in conjunction with academic programs.  

      Books and Media

      To recommend an item for purchase, please read Guidelines for Library Purchases and submit an online request. Please note that it normally takes up to 8 weeks to source, order, receive, catalogue and make a new resource available. If you have questions, please contact your Liaison Librarian or Karin Hall.  


      The Library subscribes to a wide variety of magazines, journals and newspapers in print and digital formats. Priority will be given to online resources when available. Selection of periodicals is based on curriculum needs. Suggestions for new titles can be submitted online through Recommend a Purchase. Please submit requests by February for consideration for the fall term. If you have any questions, please contact your Liaison Librarian.

      Online Databases

      CapU Library has made a commitment to providing online resources wherever possible and currently subscribes to over 50 specialty and interdisciplinary databases, each containing thousands or millions of items. Databases include articles (news, magazine, scholarly, peer-reviewed), eBooks, streaming music & video and statistics. Online periodical indexes and full-text databases are priced according to our size and negotiated agreements with various consortia. Please contact your Liaison Librarian for recommendations on current holdings in your area or to recommend a purchase.

      Collection Maintenance

      The collection is regularly culled to remove items with low or no circulation, that are out of date, or that have been replaced by online versions. The Library makes every effort to include faculty in these decisions where possible. Your  Liaison Librarian is the best person to contact if you have any concerns about this process.

    • Library Endowment Fund

      Capilano University Library is busy and always looking to improve. If you would like to help make that happen through a monetary donation to the Library Endowment Fund, please visit the Development and Alumni Relations donation page, and choose Capilano University Library Endowment Fund from the designation drop-down menu at the bottom of the page. 

      Item Donations

      Gifts of books, DVDs, and CDs will be considered for the Library’s collection based on the criteria below. The library does not accept donations of any other types of materials including magazines and journals.

      New books are defined as books published in the current or previous year.


      • Books authored by Capilano  University faculty, administration, staff, or students
      • Faculty or administrator donations published in the previous five years
      • New children’s books
      • New textbooks
      • New books for the popular reading collection
      • Donations of new books for growing areas of the collection
      • Donations of books about the North Shore

      DVDs and CDs

      • DVDs and CDs authored by Capilano University faculty, administration, staff, or students
      • DVDs and CDs about the North Shore

      All donations will also be evaluated for acceptance using the Library’s Collection Development Policy. Should the donations not be added to the Library’s collection, the Library will give away, recycle, or dispose of the donations.

      The donor must have previous documented permission from a librarian prior to delivering the donation. A tax receipt for gifts valuing $50.00 or more will be issued by the Capilano Foundation/Development & Alumni Office.