The acquisition of printed and electronic publications through purchase, subscription, donations and exchange, in order to support the education at the university, assist research activities and serve the social and cultural needs of patrons.  The collections management process at İstanbul Şehir Üniversitesi is carried out according to the demands of the members of İstanbul Şehir Üniversitesi and the selections of specialized personnel.
A. General Rules
1. All Library patrons who are members of İstanbul Şehir Üniversitesi can make publication requests. The decision for the acquisition of the publication is made by the Library Administration in accordance with the collections management  policy.
2. To request publications, patrons are required to become members of the Library and receive PIN.
B. Policy on Book Purchase
1. Members of İstanbul Şehir Üniversitesi can request publications which are unavailable at the Library by filling out the publication request form on the Library portal.
2. For members of İstanbul Şehir Üniversitesi, there is no limit to the number of requested publications. The budget for publication purchases assigned to the Library is used in accordance with the criteria established with regard for the number of faculty members and students for each department at the University. 
3. The publication requests of the members of İstanbul Şehir Üniversitesi are evaluated by the Department of Collections Management.
For the evaluation of requests, the following criteria are taken into consideration:
a) The subject of the requested item (its accordance with the fields of education at İstanbul Şehir Üniversitesi),
b) Its interdisciplinary use,
c) Its actuality,
d) The quality of the publishing company,
e) Its cost,
f) The language of the item,
g) The physical form of the item (printed, electronic, microform etc.),
h) Whether or not the same edition of the item is available at the İstanbul Şehir Üniversitesi Library,
i) Lost items, if not found within a certain period, are purchased again with consideration for the demand and frequency of use.
j) Items with extensive physical damage are purchased again with consideration for the demand and frequency of use.
k) For the acquisition of reserve items suggested by faculty members, please see our reserve policy.  
C. Subscription Policy for Periodicals
Faculty members of İstanbul Şehir Üniversitesi submit information on the requested periodicals to the Library Administration via the department chairs. Periodical requests are evaluated by the Library Administration at the end of every year. The criteria for evaluation are the following:
a) The subject of the periodical (its accordance with the fields of education at İstanbul Şehir Üniversitesi),
b) Its scientific quality,
c) Its interdisciplinary use,
d) The quality of the publishing company,
e) The proportion of the periodical’s subject within the collections,
f) The cost,
g) The language of the periodical,
h) Its physical qualities.
D. Policy of Acquisition for Electronic Resources
This refers to the acquisition of resources accessible via computers (full text databases consisting of periodicals or books, index and summary databases, audio-visual materials, computer files) to support the educational and research needs of the university and the cultural needs of the patrons.
With the increase in the number of electronic sources, the structure of library collections has begun to change. The number of place-dependent printed journals has decreased and the electronic model enabling the simultaneous access of multiple persons has become prevalent. In addition, due to the high cost of subscriptions to single journals, with collaborations, access to all of the journals of a publisher has become possible. After the spread of electronic journals, fast developments are also occurring in e-books. In book purchases, the e-book versions of the same publications must also be taken into consideration and selections must be made accordingly.  
a) The subject of the database (its accordance with the educational policy of İstanbul Şehir Üniversitesi),
b) Whether or not the Library has access to another database on the same subject,
c) The statistics of use for the trial period,
d) The scientific quality of the database,
e) The quality of the publisher,
f) The article format (HTML, PDF etc.),
g)  The practicality of the interface,
h) License requirements.
In the renewals of database subscriptions, the statistics of use are taken into consideration and the cancelling of subscriptions may occur in case of low interest.
2. The criteria for the selection of Audio-Visual Materials are the following:
a) The materials should support the education at the university;
b) Materials with cultural purposes should match the patron’s personal level and acquirements;
c) In film selections, awarded films are prioritized.
E. Policy on Thesis Acquisition
The full texts of the theses prepared at the University will be open to access through the Library catalogue. Theses without the author’s authorization for electronic use will have printed copies at the Library and their bibliographical information will be on the catalogue. In addition, there will be access to the electronic versions of the theses prepared in other countries.
F. Donation Policy
İstanbul Şehir Üniversitesi accepts publication donations with the aim of enhancing the Library collections in order to support education, contribute to research and fulfill the cultural needs of patrons.
1. Persons or institutions wishing to make donations should deliver lists to the Library Administration in advance. These lists should contain information on the publications to be donated.
2. If the donated item is available at the Library collections (excluding items on reserve), if it is not related to the educational and research areas of the University, if it has lost its actuality or is extensively damaged, the donation may be refused.
3. Items which have been approved for the Library collections are processed by the Technical Services Department and added to the collections.
4. A formal letter on behalf of İstanbul Şehir Üniversitesi is sent to the donating person or institution.
5. For periodicals to be accepted as donations, the beginning or remainder of the periodicals must be available at the Library or the collection must be large and complete.
6. Works with multiple volumes, such as periodicals and encyclopedias are accepted if their volumes are complete.
7. The library may make appeals to persons or legal entities for the donation of collections.
8. The library has the right to donate accepted items to other libraries (except for conditional donations).
9. Photocopied items, items in bad physical condition and periodicals which cannot be completed are not accepted.