In a library or archive, a definition and rationale for a collection.

The collections policy includes information on the purposes, content and stance of the collection. and is used to decide what materials to include (acquisition) in the collection, what the opening hours should be etc.

Examples of collections policies can be found on the web at:
http://www.natlib.govt.nz/collspolicy/
http://lcweb.loc.gov/acq/devpol/cpsstate.html
http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/project/collpol.html
http://www.pads.ahds.ac.uk/padsUserServicesColpol.html

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