Collaboration with Law Library
The College of Law Library is represented on the Collections Advisory Committee. The College of Law Library and the University Libraries collaborate in the areas of national security studies and human rights.
College of Law collection development focuses on the law of the United States and the state law of Florida. The library also collects on international and comparative law, the law of the European Union, and selected jurisdictions of Western Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. Within the broad category of foreign, comparative and international law, special emphasis is placed on constitutional law, corporate law, criminal justice, immigration and asylum, human rights, rights of indigenous people, civil rights, commercial transactions, intellectual property, and international trade and investment.
Collaboration with Wolfsonian Library
The University Libraries Special Collections does not collect in areas of emphasis for the Wolfsonian Library. When appropriate the Libraries will consult with the Wolfsonian Library on specific acquisitions.
The Wolfsonian contains artifacts and print materials primarily of North American and European origin, documenting the post-industrial revolution era through the close of the Second World War. The objects and artifacts in the collection comprise a wide variety of media: furniture, industrial-design objects, glass, ceramics; metalwork, textiles, medals, paintings, posters, architectural drawings, textiles; rare books, periodicals, and printed ephemera. Objects are interpreted to explore key issues in design history.
Collaboration with College of Medicine Library
The University Libraries are responsible for the areas of health sciences to support teaching and research in the Stempel College of Nursing & Health Sciences, Arts & Sciences, and the College of Engineering & Computing. The development and management of these collections will proceed in close collaboration with the Medical Library and the College of Medicine. Whenever possible, the Libraries will avoid duplication of materials across collections. The Medical Library is represented on the Collections Advisory Committee.
Collection development of the College of Medicine Library focuses on medicine, health, and the basic life sciences, as well as some other relevant areas. Materials selected are written for the medical students, professionals, and researchers primarily in the English language. In general, materials are acquired without regard for geographic considerations, though the focus generally addresses an American audience. Materials of local interest, such as those related to public health in Florida or tropical medicine may be acquired more comprehensively. Materials written for the lay public are generally not acquired. The Library gives strong priority to the acquisition of resources in electronic format.
Cooperative Collection Development and Resource Sharing
The Libraries often participate in the purchase of or subscription to electronic library materials, such as databases, journals, and monographs through library cooperative arrangements. Such purchases may be made in collaboration with the Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC), other Florida State University System Libraries, LYRASIS, the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the Association for Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL), or other consortial entities.
For titles not held within the FIU Libraries, the Libraries have a robust interlibrary loan program. The Libraries are a member of a number of resource-sharing networks, including RAPID ILL, Florida State University System Libraries, Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN), Center for Research Libraries (CRL), LYRASIS, and the Eastern Academic Scholar’s Trust (EAST). The Florida State University System Libraries have a patron-initiated service, UBorrow, which allows patrons from FIU to borrow books from other State University System Libraries without mediation by library staff. Intercampus delivery is available for print and audiovisual materials, including books received from other libraries through interlibrary loan. Materials may be shipped to campus pick-up points at the Green Library, Hubert Library, Engineering Library Services Center, or FIU at I-75 in Miramar.