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The CALD Cooperative Collection Management Project is a coordinated effort among Minnesota academic libraries to ensure that learners and researchers in Minnesota have access to the scholarly record of print monographs. 

While electronic copies of materials are increasingly accessible and may more conveniently meet many scholarly needs, the ongoing need for access to print copies requires collaborative agreements among libraries to ensure that individual collection management decisions do not eliminate materials to the detriment of scholars. 

Beginning in 2020, libraries participating in the CALD Cooperative Collection Management Program have agreed to retain certain scarce monographs in order to ensure continued access to print copies. 

This program was made possible by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant. 

Quick Facts

  • 270,211 title holdings retained by six participating libraries
  • On average, institutions committed to retain 17% of their circulating print monographs
  • Institutions are committed to retain titles for 5 years


Background Documents

Background documents for the CALD Cooperative Collection Management Program were developed in 2019 to organize the project and help participating libraries apply consistent practices for the maintenance and lending of shared print titles. 

Project Data 

Project Data for the CALD Cooperative Collection Management Project includes a list of titles retained by participating libraries. Participating libraries can use the form below for submitting changes to the shared data. 


Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN
Bethel University, St. Paul, MN
College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University, St. Joseph, MN*
Concordia College, Moorhead, MN*
Concordia University, St. Paul, MN
Hamline University, St. Paul, MN
Macalester College, St. Paul, MN*
Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN
Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Minneapolis, MN*
North Central University, Minneapolis, MN
Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, MN
St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN*
St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN*
University of Minnesota Crookston, Crookston, MN
University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, MN
University of Minnesota Morris, Morris, MN
University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN
University of Northwestern, St. Paul, MN
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

*pilot libraries


If you have questions about the CALD Cooperative Collection Management Project, please send them to our Google Group:

Staff contact
Gerri Moeller

Associate Director for Resource Sharing and Delivery