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Collection Development: Policy

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Policy Examples


  • If your policy has not been updated within the last two years, or if you don’t have one, now is the time.
  • Review existing and up-to-date policy examples.
  • Consider your library’s mission and community needs when updating or creating your own policy.
  • Be sure your library board of trustees understands the purpose and importance of the policy, and their role in upholding the library’s process for selection, weeding, donations, and reconsideration of materials.
  • Typical sections of a Collection Development policy may include:
    • Purpose/Objective of the collection
    • Selection Responsibility
    • Selection Criteria
    • Collection Maintenance and Weeding
    • Intellectual Freedom
    • Gifts and Donations
    • Reconsideration of Materials
    • Appendices including Library Bill of Rights, Freedom to Read Statement, Freedom to View Statement, etc.
  • Ask for help! IFLS staff can help you with creating, updating, and revising your policy. Just submit a HelpDesk ticket.

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