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Collection Development Policy

Purpose of the Collection Development Policy

The purpose of this policy is to serve as a guide for the selection of books and other materials for the Manhattan Christian College Library. The policies outlined here are not considered to be inflexible and are subject to review and revision as determined by the librarians. All changes are subject to approval by the Learning Resources Committee (LRC).

Brief Description of Manhattan Christian College

Manhattan Christian College (MCC) was founded in 1927 as a four-year undergraduate institution. Located across the street from Kansas State University, it provides a unique opportunity for students to concurrently obtain degrees from both institutions.

As a Bible college, MCC offers single degree programs which lead to bachelor of arts or science degrees in pastoral ministry, cross-cultural ministry, educational ministry, worship ministry, family ministry, youth ministry and Bible. The Leadership Education for Adult Development (LEAD) degree completion program assists learners interested in management and ethics in business in completing a college degree for personal and career development. MCC is historically affiliated with nondenominational, Independent Christian Churches and Churches of Christ of the Restoration Movement.

Mission Statement of Manhattan Christian College

To Educate, Equip, and Enrich Christian Leaders.

Mission Statement of the Manhattan Christian College Library

The mission of the Manhattan Christian College Library is to provide the services and resources necessary to help educate, equip, and enrich the students, faculty, administration, and staff of Manhattan Christian College, as well as to the surrounding local community. This mission is primarily centered on the instructional tasks of the college, focusing on the curricular support of the students and teaching faculty of the college. The library’s mission includes providing the following:

  • Materials (print and non-print media) to support the curriculum of the college.
  • Materials (print and non-print media) to help support faculty research.
  • Staff assistance
  • Library orientation
  • Research Instruction

In addition, it supports personal growth, providing a place and media for non-technical and recreational reading and other activities, as appropriate and feasible.

Intellectual Freedom and Censorship

The library is committed to the free exchange of ideas. To meet the curricular needs of the college, materials will be purchased to reflect a wide variety of viewpoints and modes of expression, even those of a controversial nature. No materials shall be excluded from the collection because of the race or nationality of the authors, or the political, moral, or religious views expressed therein.

Criticism or attempts at censorship of library-owned materials shall be submitted in writing to the Library Director. She shall reply by sending a copy of the above policy. Cases of continued criticism shall be referred to the Learning Resources Committee.

Library Patrons

  • Students – Their needs for study and research are the library’s first priority.
  • Faculty – The library endeavors to obtain, when possible, materials necessary for study and research. If the library is unable to purchase the necessary materials, the faculty member may be able to obtain them through Kansas State University’s Hale Library or through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
  • Staff and Administration – They may use materials provided for students and faculty.
  • Surrounding Local Community - They may use materials provided for students and faculty but are limited to five items at a time. The first time they use the library they will be charged $1.00 to cover the cost of making them a library card.
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL) – Other libraries may use materials provided for students and faculty. In addition, the MCC library will use ILL to access materials from other libraries for its patrons.


The library contains books (print and electronic), videos and DVDs, CD-ROMs, print periodicals, electronic databases, maps, and audiotapes. Information resources will be provided through electronic means when possible and available. The print periodical collection will be maintained only inasmuch as a necessary information resource is not available electronically.

Special Collections

The library has an extensive collection of Bible commentaries, as well as a collection of materials relating to the Restoration Movement.

Selection Procedures

  • Priority is given to selecting materials that support the academic, professional, and pre-professional curriculum of the college, particularly as they reflect the needs of classroom instruction and student preparation for classes. Attention is given to collection development of recreational and popular materials only when funding allows.
  • Biblical studies, theology, and the various practical disciplines that grow out of these are the primary and central subject areas of the library collection, reflecting the fact that all courses studied at the college have these subjects as their basis. Collection development in these disciplines is based upon the course needs of related degree programs, as well as the relative number of majors involved.
  • Collection development focuses primarily on the needs of the students and faculty, in that order. The library, however, generally does not provide permanent research collections for faculty except in those subjects corresponding to the majors offered by the college. For all other disciplines faculty are encouraged to seek research materials through ILL or at nearby academic institutions such as Hale Library at Kansas State University.
  • The Library Director and Department Heads select library materials at the recommendation of faculty members and, by special request, students. This selection process takes place each semester, with allotments and deadlines for ordering set by the Learning Resource Committee.
  • The library intentionally does not duplicate most materials held by Hale Library and the Manhattan Public Library; however, duplicate items may be acquired if the Library Director and the LRC members consider these to be indispensable resources. Examples may include basic general studies and religious works, in addition to others deemed essential because of high demand.
  • The library generally does not purchase textbooks unless a title represents the best source of information in that field. In that case only one copy shall be purchased.
  • The library obtains information resources in formats that are deemed the most appropriate, useful, and cost-effective. Reference works, in particular, are purchased in electronic format, whether in CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or online versions, in preference to or to supplement equivalent print works. The Library Director and the LRC will make the decisions regarding these purchases.
  • The development of the periodical collection occurs with priority given to: 1) complete (or at least lengthy) runs of titles that are essential to support the library’s mission; and 2) the filling of gaps in the runs of existing holdings. Faculty input is regularly sought in these areas. As is possible and appropriate, gaps in periodical runs are filled by either purchasing CD-ROM or print back issues, or by subscribing to online databases. The librarians will review the title list annually to assess the periodicals’ use by the MCC community. This data will be used to help determine renewals and cancellations.
  • The library subscribes to various electronic databases. The librarians will review the title list annually to assess the databases’ usage by and value to the MCC community. This data will be used to help determine renewals and cancellations.


Donated materials are considered for addition to the library’s collections by assessing their quality and value as supportive of the library’s mission. All donors are informed that the library maintains full control and the right to dispose of all gift items as it so chooses.

Deselection (Weeding) Policy


  1. The removal of materials that are no longer applicable to nor support the college curriculum will improve the relevance and quality of the collection.
  2. Areas that need additional development to support the curriculum will be identified.
  3. Additional shelf space will be acquired for growth of the collection.


  • Is there a superior edition or revision?
  • Is it relevant to our present curriculum or will it contribute to future programs?
  • Is there an excessive number of duplicate copies?
  • Is it in poor physical condition?
  • Has it circulated in the past five years?

Further Notes

  • The Library Director will have the final authority on weeding the collection.
  • Deselected materials that would be appropriate for research will be offered to graduate school libraries. Other materials will be sold to patrons, a book buyer company, or discarded by recycling.