Resources in all formats that support teaching, research, and learning in the field of political science are located primarily in or accessible online from the Library for International and Public Affairs. The central focus is encompassed in the following areas of teaching and research that govern the acquisition of resources: urban politics and public policy; American political behavior and institutions; American public opinion and research methods; civic engagement; minorities and women in politics; political communications; contemporary political philosophy [in collaboration with the Hoose Library of Philosophy]; public and constitutional law; the American presidency; international organization and administration; foreign security policy; California politics; and human rights law and public policy. There are no geographical limitations regarding what is acquired, but particular interest is placed on the political affairs of European countries in support of the European Union regional depository collection. Materials are acquired in three ways: standing orders of books from specific publishers and in designated subject areas under the GOBI vendor profile, individually purchased titles [firm orders] from GOBI and other vendors, and gifts.
The primary emphasis is collecting contemporary post-Cold War political affairs materials as earlier works transition to studies of history. In certain areas, such as comparative politics and political theory, materials concerning earlier periods of time are acquired. With the general exception of textbooks and reprinted dissertations, scholarly materials of all types are collected, including monographs [i.e., stand alone books], serials [i.e., journals and magazines], research reports and working papers, and online resources. The collecting efforts in domestic political affairs emphasize materials either published in or translated into English. Materials in other languages are purchased very selectively or are accepted on a case-by-case basis for transfer from the East Asian Library and the Boeckmann Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies.