Decisions about replacements are made on case-by-case basis.
The preservation policies of the MSU Libraries are incorporated into the collection maintenance activities of bibliographers.
Materials are accepted with the understanding that most items
received may not be added to the collection. The library reserves the right
to dispose of unneeded materials by sale, as giveaways, or as an
exchange or gift to other libraries. A donor may be asked to list
journal titles and volumes so that the library can check holdings
before accepting journals. The following types of material are normally
not accepted: outdated textbooks, paperbacks, and books in poor
condition. Donors are encouraged to discuss potential donations
directly with a librarian prior to bringing gifts to the library.
Through appropriate collection renewal activities, including deselection, relocation and replacement, the collection is regularly reviewed.
Textbooks are not purchased.