Located in the offices behind the media center area of the first floor, Technical Services is where library materials are ordered, received, cataloged, and processed. This is also where the library's electronic systems, including the library catalog and electronic databases are maintained. Without the work of Technical Services, you wouldn't be able to find anything in the library.

Technical Services Policies

From our Collection Development Policy:

The primary goal of collection development at Lawrence is to build and maintain a library collection supporting the curriculum that is responsive to both student and faculty needs. Every effort will be made to provide the faculty with the materials they need to teach as well as conduct research. To encourage reading and current awareness, primarily among students, the library provides a collection of popular and recreational reading materials and films. 

See the full policy and  Frequently Asked Collection Questions to learn more about how we select items for our collection.

From our Gift Policy:

The Lawrence University Library welcomes and encourages monetary and in-kind gifts, relying upon donors to help preserve, support and expand the extraordinary collection and services available to students and scholars from the Lawrence community and beyond.

Interested in donating? See the full policy to learn more about whom to contact, and how to go about the process of donating.

Mudd Library Classification

All materials in the Mudd Library, save for Government Documents, are cataloged using the Library of Congress Classification system. This ever-evolving system was first developed, and is still maintained, by the Library of Congress.

See our Call Number Locations page to explore where materials covering various subjects are located throughout the building.

Items in our Government Documents collection are cataloged with the Superintendent of Documents classification. See our Government Documents page to learn more.

Suggest Materials

Lawrence University students and staff are invited to submit purchase requests using our Suggest Materials Form. Please keep in mind that we may not purchase your requested item.

Lawrence University faculty should contact acquisitions directly to initiate a purchase of library materials on behalf of their departments.