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Collection Policy: Mission and General Selection Philosophy

The law library's principal mission in collecting and maintaining library resources is to support the instructional and research needs of the law school, which is comprised of approximately 1,000 students and sixty full-time faculty, offers four LL.M. degree programs, five J.D. concentrations, seven dual-degree programs, and supports six student-edited journals. 

The law library’s mission also extends to the wider Boston University community.  Boston University encourages interdisciplinary approaches to scholarship and learning, with many formal and informal bridges between departments and schools. Because almost any field of study can have a legal component, the law school is an active participant in Boston University's interdisciplinary programs and initiatives. As a result, the law library serves not only as a library for the law faculty and students, but as the law library for the entire Boston University community. Our collections provide access to a broad range of resources on law and on law's intersections with other disciplines.

In support of its mission, the law library's primary collection development goal is to provide access to rich collections of electronic and print resources for legal research and scholarship. To achieve this goal, the law library relies increasingly on electronic sources of legal information while continuing to develop and maintain in-house collections of print and other resources to support research and scholarship at the law school and university.

In addition to developing its own electronic and print collections, the law library actively participates in campus, regional, and national programs for cooperative collection sharing and development, including the New England Law Library Consortium (NELLCO), Boston Library Consortium (BLC), RLG SHARES, and NorthEast Research Libraries (NERL). Campus-wide access to legal literature, increasingly via reliance on electronic databases, is provided through cooperative arrangements with other Boston University Libraries.

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