CCAD Packard Library Collection Development Policy

General principles

Items for the collections of the CCAD Packard Library are selected to support both the mission of the college and the library. Contemporary art and design is emphasized, while historical and reference information on other subjects supplement the collection.

The Director of Library Services selects and manages the collections with the assistance of other librarians and staff. Resources are considered for inclusion based upon the curriculum, faculty recommendations, and student requests.

The library has four collection areas:
  • General collections, including books, periodicals, audiovisual materials such as DVDs and Blu-Ray and electronic resources such as online databases
  • Special Collections including Rare Books, Artists' Books, Zines, and Archives
  • The Visual Resources Center including ARTstor and Shared Shelf
  • The Materials Library

Formats collected:

  • Books and monographs
  • Textbooks for current courses
  • eBooks
  • Reference materials
  • Drawing aids
  • Periodicals and serials
  • DVD and Blu-Ray (Oscar and Emmy-award winners, animation, documentaries, art and design, general interest)
  • Digital images
  • Artists' books and book art
  • Databases
  • Fine Arts senior thesis and MFA thesis
  • Materials

Formats not typically collected:

  • Primary sources
  • Microforms/microfiche
  • Slides
  • Photographs and art reproductions
  • Sound recordings or films
  • Auction or sales catalogs
  • Novels or popular interest books that are not used in courses
  • Duplicate material already in the collection
  • Items in poor condition or with mold
  • Textbooks
  • Outdated reference texts (i.e. encyclopedias, atlases, etc.)
  • VHS tapes
  • Technical manuals
  • Maps

Multiple Copies

Additional copies of materials may be acquired if there is sufficient demand.

Gift Policy

The CCAD Packard Library always welcomes donations. All donated items are accepted as unrestricted gifts which library staff may sell, give away, or discard at its discretion.

Due to the fixed size of the library, only items that support the curriculum are able to be added to the collection. Heavily illustrated books are the most desirable. Items that we do not need are sold in library book sales, sold through Better World Books, or discarded. Proceeds from book sales and Better World Books go back into the book fund or are used to library facility improvements. The library is unable to appraise donations; however, the college will send a letter of acknowledgment if needed.

Monetary donations are welcomed. Please visit our donation page or email Director of Development Ashley Waltermeyer at

Weeding Criteria

Due to the limited size of the library, it is necessary to keep the collection around 55,000 books. Weeding is an essential activity that keeps the collection current, accurate, and reflective of the information needs of the CCAD community. Weeding is undertaken periodically throughout the year.

Factors considered when weeding include but are not limited to:
  • Usage/circulation
  • Age and/or condition
  • Readership level
  • Text in English
  • Outdated information
  • Superseded editions
  • Historical importance
  • Overall balance of the collection
  • Availability elsewhere, such as in OhioLINK

Intellectual Freedom

The Columbus College of Art & Design supports the American Library Association's Bill of Rights, its Intellectual Freedom Statement, and its statement on Challenged Materials. The Library attempts to purchase materials which represent differing opinions on controversial matters. Selection is without partisanship regarding matters of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion, politics, or moral philosophy.

Alumni Borrowing Privileges

CCAD Alumni in good standing are able to borrow books, DVDs, and VHS tapes from the library. Alumni are also able to request items through OhioLINK. A CCAD ID or a driver's license must be shown at the time of check out. Alumni interested in borrowing items from the library must sign an agreement form.

At this time, alumni do not have offsite access to licensed databases. However, alumni are welcome to use electronic resources in the library. Alumni are also not permitted to borrow cameras or other equipment.

Alumni are responsible for all borrowed library materials and are subject to the same fines as current students. If past due items go into billing, a hold will be placed on transcripts and possibly sent to collections. Please see our Library 101 LibGuide to learn more about fines.

Visitor Access Policy

The general public is welcome to use the library, however, at this time we do not allow borrowing privileges for visitors. Students and faculty from participating OhioLINK members may borrow books and videos using their school IDs. Staff of the Columbus Museum of Art have borrowing privileges.