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Collection Development Public Health Library

Collection Development

The collections of the Public Health Library (formerly HPER) are an outgrowth of what was once a small graduate student reading room in the School of Public Health building filled with donated monographs, textbooks, and a few periodical subscriptions. In 1978, the then-named HPER Library was officially established as a Campus Library under the auspices of the Indiana University Libraries' vast network, and moved a larger location on the ground level of the building. Expansion and renovation took place again in 1996, taking over another classroom space. Currently the library holds approximately 25,000 volumes and 250 periodical subscriptions.

Individual collections consist of: the circulating collection, Reference, Career Reference Collection, the Historic and Chinese Book Collection, the Drake Cookbook Collection, the Video Collection, Current Periodicals, Archival Periodicals for the past decade, the Public Health Theses and Dissertations Collection, and a multitude of electronic books, journals, and databases.

Materials collected in the Public Health Library primarily reflect the curricular and research strengths of the three departments in the School of Public Health: the Department of Applied Health Science, the Department of Kinesiology, and the Department of Recreation and Park Administration. Because the School additionally supports the Division of Recreational Sports and various research centers and institutes, resources related to research activities taking place in these entities are also collected. In general, the Public Health Library collections are rich in the broad disciplines of health, physical education and motor control, sports medicine and athletic training, recreation and leisure education, sports and fitness, nutrition, dance, and child development. Most materials housed in the library are written in English and have been published primarily in the United States and other English-speaking countries. A small number of gift books in Chinese may be found in the Historic Books Collection. Formats available consist of: traditional monographs and serials in print, DVDs, CD/DVD-ROMs, VHS videos, Microforms, electronic books and journals. Materials in print may be photocopied in-house, and microprint materials may be printed or scanned through the use of a Minolta SP2000 scanner.

last updated: 10/17/2012