Collection Space Management Initiative

The second and final phase of the Short-term Collection Space Management Project closed on May 12, 2019.


The University Libraries are facing an immediate and significant space shortage. To address the issue, the Vice Provost and University Librarian oversaw short-term and long-term opportunities to identify space saving in the Libraries’ ten locations.

The Provost lifted the moratorium on de-accessioning for this project. The Project implemented a process that allows the Libraries to selectively remove bound journals and outdated reference works while maintaining access to materials critical for faculty and student success.

We have received a few requests to retain some of the materials identified for deaccessioning during the Project. View the list of titles retained by the Libraries.

No titles in this Project were de-accessioned without faculty review. Title lists were made available for an eight-week comment period. A link to the title lists was emailed directly to faculty at the start of Phase Two.

The Libraries understand that some faculty may want to obtain select deaccessioned materials for personal use. Please contact your Subject Librarian before May 17 to arrange for pickup.

The Libraries will rely on purchased e-journal archives (such as JSTOR or ScienceDirect) and our collection-sharing consortial partners (such as MOBIUS and the Greater Western Library Alliance) to provide alternative means of access to print journals housed in our collections.

The Libraries are grateful to the Faculty Library Committee for its informational and thoughtful engagement prior to the initiation of the Short-term Collection Space Management Project Plan.

Phase I of the project concluded last summer. View the Short-term Collection Space Management Project Plan for more information.