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The Collection Development and Management division (formerly Collection Development and Description) is responsible for the selection, acquisition, description, and management of the University Library’s modern collections in English and European languages.  The division acquires material through legal deposit, purchase, and donation, providing readers with books and journals in print form but also vast amounts of electronic material.  The division contains the following departments and teams.

Legal Deposit

English Cataloguing
The English Cataloguing department catalogues & classifies books received by the Library under the Legal Deposit Act and books in English that are donated to and bought by the Library. As a legal deposit library we create catalogue records for the British National Bibliography. Staff also manage global authority control, data quality and import/export of data. The department maintains a blog:

There is a backlog of uncatalogued material: if you think we should have a book and cannot find it in the catalogue, please contact us and if it is waiting to be catalogued we will expedite any item for you:

Collections and Academic Liaison (CAL)

Materials Processing
Materials Processing deals primarily with bought monographs, printed and electronic, in European languages including those using non-roman alphabets, published anywhere in the world. The department is responsible for receiving, invoice processing and order tracking.


ejournals & eresources
This team is responsible for providing and maintaining access to ejournals and eresources in iDiscover.  We also support the Journals Co-ordination Scheme and University Library Accessions Committee.  We maintain the Databases A-Z LibGuide and we alert readers to the trial and purchase of new electronic resources on our blog.

Collections Logistics
The Collections Logistics Department is responsible for the co-ordination of removal, retention and de-duplication of print materials.

Library Storage Facility (LSF) Ingest and Migration Department
The LSF Ingest and Migration Department is responsible for the preparation, migration and ingest of Library material to the Ely Store.