Format decisions follow the General Collection Development Policy by default, but allow for considerations of requester preference, curricular needs, and other factors.
- Journals are electronic, with perpetual access whenever possible. Electronic journal backfiles are purchased to augment available content or replace print, based on requests, usage data, and space considerations.
- Monographs are preferentially purchased as e-books to support wider access, particularly for edited, individually-authored chapter works. Exceptions may be made at individual user request.
- Bibliographic Databases provide access to the extensive literature of the field and are exclusively purchased in electronic format.
- Video, either in DVD or streaming format, is purchased on faculty request, as budget allows.
- General/layman-focused materials are acquired to support first-level, scientific literacy/non-major courses. Biographical information is also acquired for much the same purpose.