Collection Development Policy

The Ingalls Library of the Cleveland Museum of Art is a nationally recognized art research library with rich collections encompassing a wide range of published materials covering art from all geographic areas and all periods of art history and archival collections documenting the history of the institution. Materials are collected in many languages and in all formats. Throughout their history the library and archives have been committed to excellence in their support of the museum’s current and future collections, research, exhibitions, publications, lectures, programs and activities by identifying, acquiring, organizing and providing access to relevant research materials and information. 

The Ingalls Library is an intellectual asset whose value is priceless. The founders of the museum had the vision to include a library from inception and the institution has sustained that vision to the current day. We continue to support the mission of the museum while also providing visitors locally and abroad with access to a world class collection of research materials. 

The importance of judicious selection has increased proportionately with the increased publication of materials in all formats. In addition, the increased costs of organizing, housing and maintaining collections demand a collection development policy which clearly outlines and prioritizes the selection of materials. 

The Collection Development Policy is an organic document which will be revisited on a biennial basis in order to retain its relevancy. The Collection Development Policy serves the following functions: 

1) To summarize the scope and nature of existing collections 

2) To facilitate coordination of ongoing collection development efforts 

3) To provide the basis for cooperation with other institutions 

4) To outline collection development objectives 

> Read the entire policy here.