The collection concentrates on materials addressing current developments in information science. Holdings pertaining to historical aspects of the field cover libraries and knowledge systems in ancient civilizations, in Europe, and in the United States through World War II.
Primary emphasis is on information science 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.
Materials are primarily in English.
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 selectively purchased for the collection. Materials related to typography and ephemera (i.e. acquisitions lists, brochures, pamphlets, or interim reports of professional associations) are not collected.