Law Library Collection Development Policies


This site represents a collective effort by law librarians in many countries to create a virtual collection of collection development policy documents for law libraries, and a bibliography of models, standards, and guides for creating law library collection development policies.

The site

  • will eventually include policies from a broad range of law libraries: private, court, agency, public, prison, academic, other;
  • provides access to collection development policy documents for special types of legal materials, such as government documents; and
  • provides access to related materials of interest, including relevant collection development policies for other types of libraries and special formats, and to bibliographical information on collection policy documents in print, collection development standards, and guides to creating collection development policies.

Please add your library’s collection development policy to the list, and please contribute citations to model policy documents, standards, and guides that we have not yet listed. Send the citation or URL to Ajaye Bloomstone, Acquisitions Librarian, LSU Law Center Library at llajaye [at] If you cannot make your collection development policy available at your institution, please contact us about offering it through this website.

We would like to thank the many librarians who have contributed the URLs for their institutions’ collection development policy documents to this project.



The Law Libraries Collection Development Policies web site was created by Rob Richards, Technical Services Librarian, University of Colorado Law Library. Mr. Richards served as editor of the site from 1998-2002.

The Acquisitions Committee acknowledges the following individuals for their assistance in identifying and locating other valuable materials:

  • Peter Boll, Wisconsin State Law Library
  • Patrick Overy, University of Exeter Law Library (for informing us of the SPTL standards
  • G. LeGrande Fletcher, Brigham Young University Howard W. Hunter Law Library for contributing the URL of the Washoe County Law Library, and the URL and citation of the FDLP Collection Development Guidelines.