The collection concentrates on materials addressing current developments in librarianship and information science. Holdings pertaining to historical aspects of the field cover libraries in ancient civilizations, in Europe, and in the United States through World War II.
Primary emphasis is on librarianship in the United States, Canada, and the British Isles with secondary concern for major developments in international librarianship in Western Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
Both primary and secondary works are in English or English translations. French, German and other European and Latin American language materials are collected selectively.
The collection includes conference reports, microforms, monographs and sets, reference works, serials, and reprints selected for instructional purposes.
Textbooks and manuals used in course work are not included in the collection; nor are ephemera, i.e. acquisitions lists, brochures, pamphlets, or interim reports of library associations.