In addition, it serves as a guide and reference for use by the Library Board and patrons in understanding the choices that are made in building the collection and in the way materials are handled.
When selecting new materials, staff will consult reviewing sources to determine which authors, titles and subjects might be most appropriate for the collection. Customer demand will also be an important factor in selecting materials. Patrons are encouraged to make recommendations to staff for additions to the collection and staff will consider these recommendations for purchase. In order to keep up with high demand requests, the Library will monitor the number of reserves on an item and this will frequently trigger the purchase of additional copies.
The selection process takes into account that Library users represent different points of view, some of which may be controversial. The collection will try to represent these views by offering, whenever possible, a balanced perspective of issues.