Eastern Michigan University Library
Automated Retrieval Collection (ARC)
In general, items stored in the Automated Retrieval Collection (ARC) are older and less used or fragile or prone to theft. The ARC also enables storage of items to free up space in the open stacks.
Items located in the ARC:
- Books older than 10 years.
- Periodicals older than 10 years.
- Computer books older than 5 years.
- Books with CD’s or other media.
- Bibliography and Library Science books.
- Books that may be prone to theft.
- Videotapes, DVD’s, and other videodiscs.
- Small, non-picture, art books.
Items not stored in the ARC:
- Books newer than 10 years.
- Periodicals newer than 10 years.
- Music scores.
- Most art books and history books.
- Computer books newer than 5 years.
- Older books that are deemed classics in a field.
- CDs, audiocassettes, reference books, microforms and reserve items.
- Government documents and videos.
Exceptions to the above guidelines:
Library subject specialists are given some discretion whether to keep items on the open stacks or in the ARC. For example:
- Newsweek magazine, the Journal of the American Chemical Society and Tetrahedron are kept in the open stacks for the last 20 years based on their class and research usage.
- Oversize CD’s and CD sets are kept in the ARC since they contain a mixture of print and media materials.
- Book sets are kept together, either on open shelves or in the ARC to avoid splitting up the sets, for instance Bibliography and Library Science book sets are kept on open shelving.