Collection Management Policy Sections 1 - 4

Mission - Goals - Purpose - Philosophy

1. Mission Statement

Billings Public Library: embracing, empowering, and enriching our community.

2. Library Goals

The Library’s goals are:

  • Connect to the Online World: Patrons have free access to online services that expand and enhance their knowledge and provide resources and learning and leisure opportunities.
  • Know Your Community: Patrons have easy access to information about community resources programs, services and activities in order to actively participate in the community.
  • Learn to Read and Write: Patrons of all ages can learn to read or improve their literacy skills to meet their personal educational and occupational goals.
  • Satisfy Curiosity: Patrons in all stages of their lives have access to programs and material needed for personal enrichment.
  • Stimulate Imagination: Patrons enjoy stimulating and inspiring programs and materials that make their leisure time more engaging and enjoyable.
  • Visit a Comfortable Place: Patrons can conveniently pursue individual, group, or community interests or interact socially at the main Library or Library branches in a safe, comfortable, and appealing environment.

3. Purpose of Collection Management Policy

The collection management policy establishes the general public’s expectation for public library collections and resources. It explains and analyzes the principles upon which selection is made and clarifies criteria that selectors use in their choice of materials and formats.

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.

4. Philosophy of Selection

The Library’s patrons represent different reading levels and interests. Selection does take into account the fact that patrons have a variety of points of view, as well as reading and format preferences, and these need to be represented in the collection.

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.