1. Guiding Principles

The Libraries will provide collections in a range of formats that reflect our diverse communities. Emphasis will be put on developing and maintaining popular and relevant collections which meet the present and anticipated needs and interests of Hamiltonians. The Libraries will exercise fiscal responsibility in all aspects of collection development.

Collections will:

 2. Selection Criteria

The focus for titles selected will be as follows:

Multiple copies and new editions are selected based on customer demand and anticipated popularity.

3. Collection Evaluation

The Libraries aim to have collections that are attractive and appealing to customers. Regular assessment will be undertaken using the following criteria:

Popular material will be replaced whenever appropriate

4. Request a Purchase

Customers are encouraged to recommend items for purchase, and:

5. Collection Donations

6. Unsolicited Items

Some authors, publishers or suppliers send items with an invoice, which have not been ordered. Material received on this basis is rarely accepted unless it fills a genuine need in the collection and satisfies the same criteria as resources actively sought by the Library.

7. Deselection and Disposal

Library staff have the delegated authority to dispose of library collection items. Deselection of lending collection items is carried out to keep collections up-to-date, prevent shelf crowding, and to ensure that the contents of shelves look fresh and attractive. Deselection is based on the following criteria:

Deselected collection items will be:

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