Collection Development Policy


The BCC Library will acquire materials that support the research and interdisciplinary study of peoples of African descent. While the primary objective is to support the Black Cultural Center’s dedication to the African diasporic cultural and educational enrichment of the Purdue University community, BCC Library materials also support the coursework of the African American Studies program as well as other humanities and social sciences disciplines. The collection is frequently used by students, faculty, and staff conducting research or developing curriculum for courses that address the African American experience.


Subject Areas

As a result of the interdisciplinary nature of studies pertaining to African Americans and the Diaspora, the primary subject areas in the collection include but are not limited to anthropology, politics, history, women’s studies, language and literature, philosophy, psychology, film, and the arts. Developing the collection in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics has also become an emergent priority. In addition, the library has a sub-collection of African American children’s literature with special attention paid to Coretta Scott King Book Award winners and honors.

Geographic Areas

All materials pertaining to peoples of African descent will be considered regardless of place or country. While the focus of the collection is international in scope, primary emphases are the United States and Africa; secondary emphases are the Caribbean & Latin America and Europe.

Chronological Periods

The collection covers the entire span of African history to the present day with emphasis on the modern era.


The primary language of the collection is English.


A variety of formats are represented in the collection including monographs, serials, audiovisual media, and electronic resources, as well as some ephemera housed in the archives. All formats are actively collected with the exception of videos, LPs, and cassettes.

Monographs: books
Monographic Series: annuals
Serials: journals, magazines, newspapers
A/V Materials: videos, DVDs, LPs, cassettes, CDs

Collecting Levels

The BCC Library collection aims to be as comprehensive as possible in acquiring materials about the peoples of African descent within the parameters of the scope. It will work in conjunction with the University Libraries to provide adequate support of coursework in the African American Studies program and include a wide range of research materials to complement and supplement each other.

  1. Materials concerning peoples of African descent in the United States will be collected comprehensively. (Collecting level 5)
  2. Materials concerning peoples of African descent outside of the United States will be collected at the research level. (Collecting level 4)
  3. Materials for the children’s collection will be collected selectively with the exception of Coretta Scott King Book Award winners which will be collected comprehensively. (Collecting level 3)


The BCC Library welcomes donations that enhance the research needs of the Purdue University community as long as they adhere to the guidelines set forth in the collections development policy. The library reserves the right to decline donations that may already exist in the collection or do not meet the collection needs. Outdated items, materials that duplicate what is already owned, and materials in poor condition will not be accepted into the collection. Donations are accepted with the understanding that materials become the property of the Purdue University Black Cultural Center. Those interested in making a sizeable donation should first contact the BCC librarian or the director. Written acknowledgement and receipt of donation will be provided to the donor and will list the number of items donated, but will not be itemized by title.


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