Materials Selection Policy

The Board of Trustees hires a Library Director who is responsible for the selection of Library materials.  The Library Director may authorize other professional staff to execute this policy in developing the Library collection.


Criteria for Selection

Judgments of professional staff, qualified reviewers and experts in specific areas provide a balance of opinion as the basis for selection.  Criteria include:
Authority and competence in presentation
Availability of information elsewhere
Contemporary significance
Interest to the community
Uniqueness of subject or approach
Popular demand
Recommendations from the community
Relation to existing collection
Reputation of authors, publishers or producers

Withdrawal from Collection

Materials are regularly discarded from the Library’s collection.  Factors considered for removal of items are popularity, physical condition, space limitations, uniqueness of materials and the ability to obtain the same information elsewhere.  Withdrawn materials in good condition may be made available for sale in the Library.

Donations to the Library

The Library appreciates the community’s willingness to donate materials, however, due to space limitations and staff time, donations will only be accepted after evaluation by a staff member. Please call  ( (516)759-8300 ) or e-mail ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) the Library to schedule a time for staff donation review.