Social science materials about women, feminism, gender roles, and sexuality from the fields of economics, sociology, political science, and military and peace studies, and general, theoretical, or comparative works on these subjects.
The Library supports social sciences work done in this field within any department or program and maintains an active connection with the Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program.
The Library maintains a strong research collection in the subjects of women’s political participation, feminism, men and masculinity, and sexuality, and the Library of Congress range from HN49 through HQ2030, which includes the topics: sexual lives and erotica; prostitution, sex tourism; reproductive rights; and surrogate mothers. Transgender and lesbian, gay, and bisexual subjects are being collected at a nearly comprehensive level, and are supported by extensive primary sources.
Gender and sexuality issues in crime, war and the military, and peace are collected somewhat less intensely, at the study level. Medical, public health, sports and recreation are covered at the basic level, supplying enough to give introductions to these topics but not sustained, in depth research.
The social science funds cover, in order of priority: the U.S., Canada, Great Britain (including Ireland), Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania (Fiji, South Pacific Islands). Area selectors bring in FGSS material about other regions. Western Europe and Southeast Asia are particularly strong collections.
Primarily English, with materials in French, German, Spanish or other languages collected selectively. The Library has an extensive collection of German language texts of the late 19th c. sexologists, and seeks research about transgender, lesbian, gay, and bisexual issues, sex trafficking, and prostitution in multiple languages.