Collection and acquisitions
The Sociology collection of Leiden University
Leiden University owns an extensive collection on the subject of Sociology. During the period 1965-1990 the Sociological Institute acquired books on a large scale. These books, currently housed in the Social and Behavioural Sciences Library, are mostly outdated. Ever since Sociology ceased to be a separate major (in 1992) and only became an elective course, the collection has been considered a sub collection of the Social and Behavioural Sciences domain. These days the collection is added to in a limited fashion, reaching an average growth of 150 volumes a year. The acquisition policy regarding Sociology focuses mainly on supporting the education and research of the Political Science, Public Administration and Cultural Anthropology institutes. Main focuses within the Sociology collection are amongst others organizational sociology, labour sociology, cultural sociology and the multicultural society (concentrated on minorities in The Netherlands). The collection Sociology in the Social and Behavioural Sciences Library contains over 17.000 books, excluding the bound journals. The number of books in the sociology collection in the University Library is about 9000 volumes. Currently there are around 400 subscriptions to electronic journals on the subject of Sociology. Some of these are also available in printed form. Circa 10 subscriptions are only available in printed form.
Alongside the Sociology collection, a few other collections are relevant for the discipline, such as:
- Political Science and Public Administration
- Cultural Anthropology
- History (at the University Library)
- Philosophy (at the University Library)
The following links will guide you to an overview of new titles of the relevant disciplines in the catalogue. Use the RSS link to subscribe to an acquisitions feed. For more information, see the general information about the acquisitions lists.
If you have suggestions for the acquisition of a specific title, contact the librarian of the Social and Behavioural Sciences Library.
The website Global Books In Print can provide you with specific title information. Please note that only those items are purchased that fit with the collection development profile of Sociology at Leiden University. The decision to purchase is up to the librarian.