Subsidiary Collection Development Policy: Anthropology

Subject Librarian Contact Information

Chris Tang
Telephone: 6601-3492

Collections support the Anthropology Major and Minor within the Division of Social Sciences.

Course offerings address social inequality, gender, technology, public health, migration, religion, human rights, climate change, and globalisation. [1]

Research carried out by faculty in Anthropology is primarily in the social and cultural anthropology areas.

Description of Materials Collected

  • The materials collected are scholarly.
  • The materials collected are in English; materials in other languages will be purchased if necessary.
  • There are no limitations on geographic range or chronological spans.

The range of call numbers under consideration is:

BJ Ethics
GN 1-890 Anthropology. Ethnology. Social and cultural anthropology. Prehistoric archaeology.
GR 1-93.4 Folk literature (General). Philosophy. Folk literature. Folktales.
GR 265-349 Folklore of Asia
GR 420-429 Costume. Dress
GR 877-884 Law and justice. Medicine. Folk medicine.
GR 930 – 950 Special days, months, seasons. Signs and symbols. Mythical places. Miscellaneous
GT 1-529 Manners and Customs (general). Houses, dwellings, home life. Human body. Beauty. Costume, dress, fashion (general).
GT 1370-1579 Clothing of Asia
GT 2400-2599 Customs of the family. Customs of love, marriage, sex.
GT 5320-6549 Customs of classes of persons

It should be noted that Anthropology can encompass all of the Library of Congress call numbers and it is expected that attention to areas outside of the GN-GT range will be considered.


The emphasis is on printed scholarly monographs; e-books are acquired as well. Ethnographic films constitute a significant part of the anthropological sources yet are costly. Streaming video along with public viewing rights is the preferred format. Databases, particularly those composed of digitized primary sources, may be added to the collection if the coverage and search features are unique; one-time purchase option is preferable.
Formats that are not collected:

  • Introductory textbooks
  • Anthologies of previously published works
  • Print serials
  • Dissertations and theses

Collecting Priorities

Areas of concentration are:

  • Economic anthropology
  • Educational anthropology
  • Environmental anthropology
  • Marriage and family
  • Medical anthropology
  • Political and legal anthropology
  • Psychological anthropology
  • Religion
  • Sexuality and Gender
  • Urban, national transnational/global anthropology
  • Women

Related Local Collections

  • Collections at National University of Singapore (NUS) Libraries
  • NUS Libraries collects materials that relevant to the undergraduate and graduate majors in Anthropology offered by the Division of Sociology at NUS. These materials are located in the Central Library.
  • Collections at National Library Board (NLB) Libraries and Archives
    • NLB collects titles on local and regional aspects of anthropology. The Southeast Asia Collection includes materials from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries covering anthropology, among other topics.
    • The National Archives has a range of resources related to local anthropology topics, including photographs, posters, maps, building plans, audio visual recordings, transcripts of oral history interviews and speeches, press releases and selected titles of government records.


[1] Yale-NUS College, “Curriculum Majors,” accessed November 27, 2018,