Collection Development

Approved June 18, 2019

The mission of the Greenwich Library System is to provide free and convenient access to information and to promote the love of reading and research, the joy of lifelong learning, and engagement with the arts, sciences, and humanities.

The constant vision of the Greenwich Library is to provide the community with superior Library services, to serve as the cultural and intellectual crossroads of Greenwich, and to be a leader among public libraries.

The Greenwich Library collections are developed and managed to serve residents of Greenwich as well as those who work, own property, or attend school in the community. Library staff implements the Library mission, building and maintaining a broad collection of materials, by anticipating and responding to patron needs and expectations. Staff recognizes the necessity of balancing the budget, staffing, and building concerns when making decisions either to acquire or to provide access to materials and information. Materials budget allocations are set annually based on a number of factors including Greenwich Library strategic objectives, community demand, available funds, and cost of materials.

Collection development and management decisions are based solely on the merit of an item as it relates to the Library’s mission and its ability to meet the expressed or anticipated needs and interests of the community. Decisions are not made on the basis of any anticipated approval or disapproval of the material. The inclusion of an item in the Library collection in no way represents an endorsement of its contents. Library materials are not marked or identified to show approval or disapproval of the contents, nor are materials sequestered.

This policy is intended to help guide the Library staff in its duties concerning the collections, and to inform the community of the principles on which collection decisions are based. The collections are developed and respond to the community’s needs and interests under the broad guidelines set out in the Library’s Mission, Vision, and Strategic Plan Objectives. The principal limits on the ability to add to the collections are budget restrictions, staffing limitations, and the availability of space in the Library; the Library does not add to or delete resources from the collections based on anticipated approval or disapproval of the contents of resources, nor does the Library endorse any resources in the collections. Portions of the collections are identified as Young Adult or Children’s to assist the community in identifying age-appropriate resources. Resources may be available in many formats and in several languages, including resources for persons with disabilities. The Library is aware of and respects intellectual property rights and endeavors to adhere to relevant legislation regarding copyright use and restrictions.

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