1. Definition

The development of our collection is the process that the resources increase in relevance and quantity with materials in electronic format to meet the IE community’s needs for teaching, investigation, and learning.


2. Structure

The library will consider the structure of areas, programs, schools, and centers established in IE during the acquisition process. Each area, school, or program director will authorize the requested purchases for each professor.


3. Content

Our main goal is to cover the required bibliographies needed for current courses and in the areas of research, under the director’s authorization.

The strategic plan is :

a) Opening of a new degree, program, master, or research project.

b) Analysis of a specific area of the current collection based on the circulation, comments, and suggestions about this area.

c) The express demand for acquisition forms.

d) Users’ suggestions from various sources.

e) The data collected from the users regarding the collections.

f) The analysis of the available electronic resources and their publishing companies.


3.1 Thematic content

 The collection should cover the basic requirements of the IE academic community, reflected in these objectives:

  • The needs expressed in the requests from professors and researchers.
  • A basic collection of reference materials concerning the areas, programs, and existing academic schools
  • Specific material: monographs, periodicals, and other resources, in an online format, that fit the needs of the areas, programs, and schools in the IE academic community.
  • General material: monographs, periodicals, and other resources, in an online format, for all areas, programs and/or schools.
4. How to obtain the material
 4.1 Professor’s request

The library will receive and process the requests from professors and researchers, whether sent through the individual form or as a part of the bibliography from the syllabus. It is compulsory to use the form found at the end of this page.


4.2 Donations and Exchange

The library accepts materials donated by people or institutions, only when they meet the required the library’s academic profile. There are donation and exchange agreements with Spanish and international universities and other institutions to regularly receive publications in exchange for one, or more, IE publications.


4.3 Purchasing materials

It is necessary to fill out the form, found on the IE website to process the request to purchase any book.

The person who requests the item must indicate one of the following methods of payment:

  •  Vice-dean, Area or Department’s budget:
    • Purchase for the office
    • Resources subscription
  • For a professor’s research project
  • For a seed fund
  • For a Program or Degree
  • By the Library’s budget:
    • To be available as part of the library’s collection.
    • To renew the subscriptions.

The IE University Library will send all the material requests, from the Library’s budget and individual professors—including the statistics of material use of the library’s collection—to the area directors, degree program directors, and the vice-dean of research.


5. Assessment

The entire library collection will be assessed periodically by the librarians. The goal of this assessment will be to:

  • Update materials (new editions, subscriptions, databases, audiovisual materials, etc.)
  • Relocate the aforementioned materials to be reviewed by the librarians
  • Remove materials that, according to the cleaning policy, have met the needs to be removed from the collection after said revision.

Professors and area, degree, program, and center directors from each program and school must be very aware to review the marked materials in the bibliographies each year to keep the collection up to date. This requirement also allows for the budget to be well managed.


6. Book delivery time

The IEU Library cannot guarantee delivery times for physical items as some of them may be rare, hard to find or out-of-print. Before proceeding with requests for this type of material, the library will notify users about this point.


7. Policy Review

The present policy will be reviewed every year by the management for correction, emission of elements, and/or the addition of new components not currently included, after consensus from the Library Board.

Download the new purchases policy here.


Please, complete the following form. Note that fields marked with an asterisk (*) are mandatory. Material acquisitions will entail a management period of at least one month.


    Please, indicate motive of your request:

    Choose the payment method:

    All the material acquired will be catalogued in the Library as part of IE’s heritage.