Policies & Procedures
Collection Development Policy
Cooperative Collection Development
In addition to the University Libraries’ Commonwealth funding and endowment earnings, the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) provides the University Libraries access to thousands of digital resources. The Virtual Library of Virginia is the consortium of nonprofit academic libraries within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Members include all of the 39 state-assisted colleges and universities (the 6 doctoral universities, 9 4-year institutions, and 24 community and two-year branch colleges), as well as 33 of the independent (private, nonprofit) institutions and the Library of Virginia. The Virtual Library of Virginia comprises two major components: 1). Enhanced support of resource sharing of Virginia’s exceptional print and microform collections; and 2). Shared access to online library resources and improved coordination of collection development throughout Virginia. VIVA’s mission is to provide, in an equitable, cooperative and cost-effective manner, enhanced access to library and information resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s nonprofit academic libraries serving the higher education community.
VIVA is funded by the Virginia General Assembly and augmented by local institutional library budgets and some outside grants. Funding is allocated to VIVA on a biennial basis. Total funding from all sources for the 2008-10 biennium is approximately $20.2 million, of which approximately $12 million is from the Commonwealth budget. The remaining $8 million originates from member library budgets.
In addition to VIVA, the University Libraries participates in non VIVA partnership purchases with other Virginia institutions of higher education in order to expand access to scholarly materials and optimize funding.