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Selection Policies
Selection policies for collection development.

1. Responsibility for materials selection rests with the Library Director.

2. Books and other library resources will be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community. Material will not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.

3. Materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues will be made available. Material will not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

4. Six factors will be taken into account in the selection of material to be added to the library collection.

a. The overall value of material as an individual work and its value to the collection as a whole are criteria of selection.

b. Particular attention will be given to material of special interest to the Newton community.

c. Whenever possible, objective reviews in reliable reviewing services will be consulted before purchasing material so that a more informed selection decision can be made.

d. Suggestions for purchase by library patrons will be given serious consideration. If in the opinion of the Director, the material requested is of limited appeal, interlibrary loan will be used whenever possible instead of purchasing the material.

e. An attempt will be made to maintain a balance in the collection between material of temporary current popularity and the classic, timeless literature in any field of knowledge.

f. User demand as demonstrated by usage and holds placed on items is an important consideration.