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Acquisition and Weeding Policy

The Touro University California Library acquires print and online books, print and online journals, body models, DVDs, CD ROMs to support the teaching and research programs of the College of Medicine, the College of Pharmacy, the College of Health Sciences and the College of Education. The Library also supports a collection of Judaica including the Talmud.

Books, CD-ROMs, & DVDs

  • The Library acquires one print reserve and at least one print circulating copy of all required and recommended texts.
  • The Library has a specific mission to collect all osteopathic related books, CD- ROMs and DVDs within the Library’s budget.
  • Books, online and print are acquired to support the specific rotations of the College of Medicine and COHS and COP. The Library has written a published guide entitled Library Resources for Clinical Rotations.
  • Faculty are asked for suggestions for book, DVD and CD-ROM acquisitions a minimum of four times per year. If these suggestions are within the budget, the materials are acquired. Faculty recommendations for purchases play a large role in collection development. Student recommendations for purchases are also considered.
  • Books, CD-ROMs and DVDs are also acquired based on observation of interest and perceived need.
  • The Touro College New York Associate Director for Libraries frequently includes the TUC Library in the licensing of online book collections. It is up to the discretion of the TUC Library Director to accept or decline this inclusion based on the needs of Touro University California.
  • The TUC Library relies upon the following guides in the acquisition of new books, CD-ROMs and DVDs : Doody’s Core Titles in Health Sciences, the Brandon Hill List (no longer published, but still valuable), the new book lists of J.A. Majors and Rittenhouse Books, the American, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Basic Resources for Pharmacy Education, plus the recent acquisitions lists of various related libraries
  • Books, CD-ROMS and DVDs are mainly purchased through J.A. Majors and Amazon.com. Online titles are acquired through NetLibrary, Stat-Ref, MD Consult, Thieme, and Harrisons Online.
  • The campus Rabbi is consulted on the acquisition of Judaica.


  • The Library acquires both print and online journals. In October of each year, the Library Director sends an email to faculty and staff stating that it is time to renew journals asking for any additions or deletions to the journal purchases. Faculty recommendations for journal purchases play a large role in journal acquisitions. If there is money remaining in the budget at the end of the fiscal year, an additional request for purchase suggestions is made in May. Journals are also acquired if they are including in such lists as the American Association of College of Pharmacy Core Journal List.
  • Journals are acquired through the subscription agent, EBSCO. Other journals are acquired through consolidators as Science Direct, MD Consult, the American Medical Association journals. The TUC Library participates in the licensing of online titles acquired by Touro College New York including The New England Journal of Medicine, ProQuest and EBSCO Host.
  • If requests for journal purchases exceed the budget, the institutional Academic Council is consulted to determine which journals should be acquired.

Body models

  • Once each year the Library Director sends out an email requesting purchase suggestions for body models including skeletons, skulls, individual body parts, and training models to support the curriculum.


  • In June of each year the Library conducts a comprehensive inventory of all books, CD-ROMs, DVDs, body models and journals. Materials are discarded based on the following criteria:

    1. The materials are out of date. The faculty member teaching in the subject area is consulted on whether or not the materials should be discarded. Older editions of classic texts such a Harrison’s Textbook of Medicine and Cecil Textbook of Medicine are retained for historical purposes.
    2. The materials are incompatible with current technology.
    3. Materials that are worn, damaged, and obsolete are weeded from the collection. Damaged items are replaced if deemed still useful and available for purchase.
  • Items withdrawn from the collection are stamped withdrawn and made available for free to students.
  • Print journals are removed from the collection based upon space consideration. All journals removed from the collection are placed on BackMed (an online journal exchange). Withdrawn journals requested by another library are shipped with postage reimbursement requested.
  • The Library’s mission is to collect all osteopathic related journals from the inception of a journal’s first publication.
  • The Library holds a retrospective print collection of significant journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA back to the 1940s.