Subject Collection Development Guidelines

JMU Libraries supports James Madison University's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry with a collection that facilitates instruction and research, taking into consideration the department's support of both majors and general education curriculum. The chemistry collection is developed in accordance with the chemistry’s evolving undergraduate and interdisciplinary programs, including material sciences, nanotechnology, pre-professional health programs and overall chemistry areas of inorganic, organic, physical, analytical, introductory, and biochemistry. Acquisitions and collection management of chemistry and biochemistry materials also supports the library-wide mission of fostering environments that allow users to connect with ideas and information.

Collection Areas

Call Number Ranges


Collection Level


QD 1-65


General Chemistry

2b. Basic Level, Advanced


QD 71-142


Analytical Chemistry

3a. Basic Study Level


QD 146-197


Inorganic Chemistry

3a. Basic Study Level


QD 241-414


Organic Chemistry

3a. Basic Study Level


QD 415-441



3a. Basic Study Level


QD 450-882


Physical & Theoretical Chemistry

3a. Basic Study Level


QD 901-999



3a. Basic Study Level


T 174.7


3a. Basic Study Level


TP 155-156


Chemical Engineering

3a. Basic Study Level


TP 200-248



3b. Intermediate Study Level


TP 1080-1185


3a. Basic Study Level




Materials are considered for their subject, curriculum relevance, authoritativeness, currency, and price. User requests and appropriateness for the entire collection are also key criteria for consideration.

  • Primary emphasis is on current materials as the program does not have a historical perspective.
  • Primary formats are print and electronic. Other formats are purchased selectively to support the chemistry curriculum. When deciding between print and electronic resource of comparable scope and information type, preference is given for electronic materials that facilitate accessibility. Electronic formats are notably favorable among chemistry reference resources and periodical collections. Electronic books are purchased when price is comparable to print for multi-user licenses.
  • Materials are acquired primarily from the United States.
  • English-language materials are purchased almost exclusively.


The responsibility of acquiring and managing chemistry and biochemistry collections primarily resides with the chemistry liaison librarian. The liaison librarian works with chemistry and biochemistry faculty within academic departments to support collection needs in this area. Collection management activities are monitored and administered by JMU Libraries' Collection Development Committee, with expenditures authorized by the Dean of Libraries.

Updated April 9, 2012 by Meris Mandernach


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