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Collections Development - Saint John

Overview of UNB Libraries' (Saint John) Collections

Housed in the Hans W. Klohn Commons, UNB Libraries (Saint John) provides resources and services for faculty, staff and students on the UNBSJ campus. The UNBSJ collection contains approximately 100,000 print volumes in a range of subject areas complementing and considering the curricular needs of the students and research interests of the faculty and staff, supplemented by ready access to print materials from the UNB Libraries on the Fredericton campus. With some exceptions, library materials are subject classified using the Library of Congress system and shelved accordingly. To find them, users can search UNB WorldCat, a union catalogue comprised of the records of thousands of libraries from around the world, including UNB. Searches may be limited to items held in UNB Libraries (Saint John and Fredericton) or users may expand their searches to include to items held elsewhere. As well, UNB WorldCat offers users the additional ability to search some periodical literature indexed in a number of licensed bibliographic databases including MLA International Bibliography, ACM Digital Library, and JSTOR, among others.

To provide needed materials not held at UNBSJ, the Library offers a comprehensive document delivery system which combines intercampus (Saint John / Fredericton) and interlibrary loan. Delivery of these materials is generally free for students. Depending on their form, such materials may be delivered physically to the Library for pick-up or sent directly to the borrower's email.

Access to electronic resources (bibliographic, statistical, and citation indexers, as well as full-text monographs) is facilitated through the UNB Libraries web site located at Most of these licensed resources make use of the UNB WorldCat Resolver, allowing students to receive immediate access at the article level. Electronic books and book length works are catalogued in and accessible through links within UNB WorldCat. Some of the material in the Libraries' subscribed collections is searchable through the Google® Scholar interface, where off-campus access for UNB students, faculty, and staff has been facilitated by allowing a library link within Google® Scholar to be set to University of New Brunswick Libraries.

Mobile interfaces and apps are available for many of UNB Libraries' online resources, however, users are cautioned that they do not provide all the functionality of other types of web-based access.

Developing and Managing the Collections

The liaison librarians, along with the Head, Bibliographic and Collections Services, are responsible for selecting and recommending individual items to be added to the collection. Generally, purchase suggestions for individual items come from the librarians, other faculty members, staff and students. Aggregated materials, such as indexes and abstracts, journal and newspaper packages, statistical databases and the like, are generally purchased only after consultation and discussion with the UNB Libraries Collections Development Committee. These materials are intended to offer broad support to programs and research taking place across the campuses of the University of New Brunswick. Faculty are encouraged to discuss anticipated library-related needs with their liaison librarian, to ensure the Libraries' collection is able to meet the University's curricular demands, scholarly interests, and research pursuits.

Contact Collections Development Saint John

General questions about collections development, purchase request, and gifts/donations should be directed to David Ross, Saint John Campus Library Head, (506) 648-5832.