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Resources and services for AUD's academic community

AUD Library’s Collection Development Policy supports the development of a diverse collection of reference and circulating materials, as well as external resources, to support the primary goals of the American University in Dubai:

  • Prepare students for careers in the majors offered by the University;
  • Provide a well-rounded liberal arts education;
  • Promote diversity in the student body and educational programs;
  • Encourage the development of critical thinking and other meta-literacy skills;
  • Support the research and staff development needs of AUD faculty and staff.
Selection criteria for different material types include:
  • Titles identified as core to a program;
  • Authority (reputation of author, contributors, editorial board, etc.);
  • Reputation of publisher;
  • Currency and timeliness (in subject areas where this is applicable);
  • Reviews and subject recommendations;
  • Lasting value to subject area;
  • Relationship of title to existing collection (duplicates or updates, cover gaps, extends breadth and depth of coverage);
  • Quality (of illustrations, etc.);
  • Format (should be in a format suitable for circulation, does not require equipment no longer maintained in the library, or special storage and maintenance);
  • General interest and demand;
  • Cost.
Additional criteria for periodicals:
  • Availability of indexing and finding tools (exceptions to this may occur, particularly in the area of art or local publications);
  • Scope, authority and duration of a publication;
  • Post-termination access for electronic titles;
  • Cost, including annual inflation rates.
Additional criteria for electronic resources include:
  • Technical feasibility;
  • Functionality and reliability;
  • Vendor support;
  • Supply;
  • Licensing.  



The following types of materials, unless they can be shown to serve a recognized need not met by comparable materials, are not considered for acquisition:

  • Textbooks and accompanying material. Exceptions include textbooks recognized as exceptional or classics to their field of study, or in the case, where they are the only source of information in an area.
  • Specialized titles or subject areas beyond the needs of the programs of study;
  • Rare materials; and limited editions;
  • Formats not easily accessible or supported by library equipment or facilities;
  • Out-of-print materials. Exceptions may include titles that meet a particular need in the collection.


Find new or relevant titles 
  • Visit publisher catalogs online
  • Journal reviews
  • Browse available print catalogs


Selection tools include: 
Popular and Literary titles 
Faculty are strongly encouraged to recommend new titles to be added to the library's collection.
  • Recommendations that support curriculum needs are prioritized.
  • All selections are evaluated based on AUD's collection development policy and budget parameters. 
  • Recommendations for new journal subscriptions should be received before October of each academic year. Subscription periods run from January to December.
  • Online databases, and budget permitting, are evaluated throughout the year and faculty are asked to participate in free trials to establish value of the resource to a program.
  • Please note that it can take a couple of months before a new print title is received and available for circulation.