The agronomy library collection provides information access and material support for the curriculum, teaching, and ongoing research of the students and faculty in the Department of Agronomy. This support includes the broad programs surrounding crop science, soil science, production agriculture, agricultural meteorology, and the environment. Additionally, the collection also supports the interdepartmental agriculture-related programs, the university extension service, USDA staff housed in Ames facilities, and visiting agronomists from a wide variety of countries.
The general emphasis in library collection management for agronomy has been to acquire, and retain indefinitely, almost everything related to agronomy on a fairly extensive (if not completely exhaustive) basis. In particular, anything related to agriculture in the U.S. is added to the collection whenever possible. Internationally-published materials are not as actively purchased, but are still present.