Content Strategy

The Library’s Content Strategy sets out our approach to the management and development of our content and collections.

Library study area from above


We have categorised our print and digital content into distinct collections, each with its own policy for management and development:

  • Special Collections
  • Legacy Collection
  • Teaching and Research Collection
  • University-generated content


Our Content Strategy is set within the context of a rapidly changing external environment:

  • Changes in scholarly communication, in particular the shift to an open publishing environment;  
  • Demand for curation of digital content in open and reusable formats;
  • Evolving models for publishing and acquisition of content;
  • Pressure on Library space and budgets;
  • Changes in University teaching and research priorities and practice;
  • Evolving student requirements for different types of content.


In developing and managing our content, we will:

  • Teaching materials will be delivered digitally where available unless alternative formats are required for accessibility and pedagogical reasons.
  • Participate in national collaborative initiatives to increase access to content for our users and to inform retention;
  • Explore and exploit new and existing publishing and delivery models to ensure value for money and an efficient approach;
  • Ensure discoverability of all our content through our own and external discovery tools, including investment in excellent metadata;
  • Focus on the active curation and preservation of our content in line with collection policy;
  • Ensure that our collections reflect the current teaching and research requirements of the University through close liaison with our user community;
  • In support of our community and strategic goals, our preferred method is to provide content that is sustainable, open and accessible for all.

Review / Contacts / References


Content Strategy Policy

Date approved:


Approving body:

Library Consultative Group

Last review date:


Revision history:

03/2017, 03/2018, 04/2020, 04/2021, 04/2022, 04/2023

Next review date:


Related internal policies, procedures, guidance:

Sussex 2025 Strategic Framework

Collection Development, Management and Withdrawal Policy

Digital Preservation Policy

Legacy Collection Policy

Preservation Policy

Reading List Policy

Research Data Management Policy

Special Collections Development Policy

Special Collections Orphan Works Policy

University of Sussex Artworks Policy

Document owner:


Lead contact / author:

Library Leadership Team

Key policies