Printed materials should be of good quality, and hard bound where it is determined that the longevity of the titles is particularly important. It is recognized that in some subject areas the relative importance of currency of information and rapid development of trends in the field result in the production of predominantly paperback editions. In addition the rising cost of Library material and decreasing amounts to spend can result in the decision to purchase titles in paper bound format.
If possible, titles should be purchased printed on paper which has been treated (buffered) to lower the acidic content of the paper.
Microform (fiche and film) are a predominant format at present for the storage of back runs of serials, newspapers and large sets of retrospective titles and the Library maintains both readers and a reader-printer.
Video titles will be purchased in VHS format. The R.P. Bell and Whitehead (Music) Libraries maintain viewing stations for these titles, as well as making them available for loan.
Slides are not normally purchased by the Library.
Computer software changes and develops rapidly and evaluational criteria, to ensure that it meets adequate standards, will develop along with it. These formats will be constantly reviewed.