Fordham University has been awarded a grant for library resources from the New York State Education Department’s Coordinated Collection Development Aid Plan (CCDA).

The $20,000 grant will enhance Fordham’s academic library collections and encourage and promote resource sharing among reference and research libraries in New York State.

Located at the Rose Hill, Lincoln Center, and Westchester campuses, Fordham University Libraries owns more than 2 million volumes and subscribes to over 15,500 periodicals and 50,000 electronic journals.

Although Fordham Libraries has received the CCDA grant in the past, this year’s award is larger than any previous CCDA grants.

According to Linda LoSchiavo, director of the libraries, materials purchased through the CCDA grant will be made available to patrons through interlibrary loans and document delivery systems, as well as electronically on the Fordham Libraries’ website.

“Given the escalating cost of library materials, it is neither feasible nor desirable to attempt to purchase and preserve everything published,” said LoSchiavo. “A library cannot stand alone in terms of its collection development. Academic libraries have always been great collaborators, and pooling resources is important to us.”

Fordham is among the top interlibrary loan lenders in New York State and is an active participant in resource sharing.

“By helping the Fordham Libraries, the CCDA grant helps all libraries and their users,” said LoSchiavo.