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Syracuse University Libraries' principal collections support academic excellence in the research, creative, and teaching pursuits of Syracuse University. These collections include books, journals, maps, video, audio, data, and other formats for use by the University community. Librarians in the department of Research and Scholarship select these materials for use by the University community.

If you have questions about or suggestions regarding principal collections, please:

Diversity in Collections

In accordance with the library profession’s best practices, as outlined by the American Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries, Syracuse University Libraries develop and make available diverse, inclusive, and accessible collections that support the University’s mission for all library users.

More specifically, Syracuse University Libraries develop collections that accelerate, enable, and enrich teaching, learning, research, and creative pursuits. The Libraries’ collections are intended not as ends in and of themselves, but rather as tools that enable student success, foster engaged scholarship, and encourage active participation in the world through a variety of disciplinary, experiential, and methodological lenses. Additionally, the collections provide faculty and instructors with robust opportunities to diversify the materials they select for their curricula. With these goals always in mind, the Libraries curate a rich record of cultural and scholarly creations that represent and reflect diversity, differences, and distinctions in:

  • Audience.
  • Author identities.
  • Format.
  • Geographic locale.
  • Models of production and distribution.
  • Perspective.
  • Subject matter.
  • Timeframe or historical period.

Effort is made to ensure representation of a multiplicity of life experiences, cultures, and points of view, including placing a greater emphasis on those of historically oppressed, underrepresented, and underserved groups. The Libraries welcome suggestions and feedback at from the University community on ways to better leverage our collective strengths in this area.

Gift Giving

Syracuse University Libraries is appreciative of the generosity of those wishing to donate materials to the collections, however we have a limited ability to accept unsolicited books or other items due to limited staff resources and space.

Exceptions may be made if the potential donation strongly supports the current University curriculum and clearly enhances the Libraries' mission. In these cases potential donors should contact the Head of Collections and Research Services at for additional information about policies and procedures.

If a donor feels that their collection represents rare and/or archival material, they are encouraged to contact the Special Collections Research Center at

Learn more about making gifts to support the Syracuse University Libraries

Licensed Resources

The Libraries strives to license materials efficiently and consistently with University policies and procurement practices, the library community's best practices, and the values of librarianship. To that end, the Libraries seeks agreements that align with the Syracuse University Libraries' Licensing Principles.

Information for Publishers and Vendors

Collection Development and Analysis Librarians schedule vendor visits on Tuesday between 1pm and 3pm. Please email them at to schedule a visit. Vendors, please see SUL Contact Information for Vendors [PDF] for additional points of contact.

Collections Memberships and Initiatives

The Syracuse University Libraries are members of:

And support the initiatives related to collections including: