The principal clientele of these collections is the Department of Psychology, which offers B.A. and Ph.D. degrees. The Department's programs concentrate on three major areas: biopsychology (animal behavior, neuropsychology, physiology), perceptual and cognitive psychology (perception, cognition, psycholinguistics, development), and personality and social psychology. The principal focus of graduate training is on research rather than clinical preparation. Psychology faculty research is highly interdisciplinary, as illustrated by joint appointments between the Department and eight other departments.
In addition, these collections support a wide variety of inquiry into the humanistic implications of cognition and psychoanalysis, and interdisciplinary work on the psychological aspects of history and the social sciences.
The interdisciplinary character of psychology clienteles and research makes cooperation between several bibliographers obligatory. While Olin bears primary responsibility for experimental and social psychology, Mann Library collects in biopsychology, human development, neurophysiology, and educational psychology. In addition, Catherwood Library has extensive holdings in industrial psychology, and the Engineering Library is the University's primary repository for artificial intelligence materials.
Serial subscriptions consume over 90% of the budget each year.
The following table summarizes information on the primary areas treated in Olin.
Subject ECS/CCI Comments
General Psychology 2E/2E
Experimental Psychology 3E/3E
Physiological Psych. 2E/2E
Psychoanalysis 2W/3W Major figures only
Cognitive Science 3E/3E
Occult Sciences 2W/1W Witchcraft collected at
4W to support special collection