Collection Development

Collection Development

As stated in its Strategic Plan 2006-2009, the Lamar Soutter Library aspires to be "a health sciences library of national distinction" by providing information resources needed to support the University of Massachusetts Medical School and its clinical partner, UMass Memorial Health Care. Our goal is to create an authoritative, comprehensive, user-friendly and balanced library collection of resources for our faculty, researchers, clinical staff, Medical School staff, and students. With the input of faculty and other library staff, Technical Services staff members select, acquire, organize, and manage books, journals, electronic resources, and audiovisuals that provide a foundation of knowledge for education, research, patient care, and public service. The library seeks to support institutional goals by

  • providing and communicating efficient and reliable access points to biomedical information;
  • providing and promoting the value and usefulness of knowledge management; and
  • providing, organizing, and preserving high-quality health sciences literature.

Collection Development Policy (Final Draft)

To suggest a purchase, see below. For further information or specific questions about the library's collection, contact Mary Piorun, Associate Director of Library Operations, at 508-856-2206.



The library accepts gifts of money, books, and non-print materials that will enhance the library's collection and support curriculum, research, and clinical needs of our students, faculty, and staff. See our Gifts Policy for details.

Suggest a Purchase

The library welcomes suggestions from UMMS/UMMHC faculty, staff, and students for materials to be acquired for the library's collection. To suggest a purchase, use the Request the Library Purchase an Item form.

Last updated: 11/10/2016 16:12:13