The primary purpose of the collection is to support the teaching and research needs of the Political Science Department faculty and students.
The principal focus of the collection is in the areas of American politics, comparative and international politics, and political theory. An important area of emphasis in both the graduate program and in the collection is political philosophy, with emphasis on Greek, German, English and French political philosophy.
Public policy, especially dealing with environment and health, and international politics with focus on East Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East are additional areas of growing emphasis.
The needs of the department have required the maintenance of a strong collection of monographs and documentary series, and also a strong collection of periodicals both in print and electronic format. Electronic indexes and full text databases are playing an increasingly important role in collections.