Collection Development Statement

Last updated July 2020


The biological sciences collection supports the research and teaching performed at the Homewood campus, primarily within the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

Departments/disciplines/programs subject areas supported

The departments and program focus primarily on cellular and molecular biology, even in the undergraduate program. Biophysics emphasizes the application of math and physics to biological functions. Biology emphasizes quantitative and analytical methods. Each department runs their own graduate programs, as well as a shared doctoral program. The Biology Department has a long-term NIH training grant that supports some of their graduate programs.

Subjects covered include: cellular biology, molecular biology, developmental biology, biophysics, genetics, proteomics, protocols, computational biology, bioinformatics, and quantitative biology.


Environmental science, ecology, and animal behavior are covered in other collection development statements. Clinical information is covered by Welch Medical Library.

Formats Selected

Biological sciences researchers exhibit a strong preference for online resources, across formats.

Preferred formats

  • Journals
  • Scholarly monographs
  • Literature databases/indexes
  • Protocols

Material acquired by request or selectively

  • Reference works
  • Handbooks
  • Pictorial works
  • Genomic databases
  • Computer manuals
  • Textbooks
  • DVD/streaming video

Material not collected

  • Ephemera
  • Biographies
  • Histories
  • Workbooks
  • Pamphlets
  • Manuscripts

Languages Collected


Chronological or geographical focus

Emphasis is on current and recent scholarship


  • Welch Medical Library
  • Chemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Public Health
  • Carnegie Institute of Embryology
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychological & Brain Sciences

Subject Librarian

Position is open.