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Directors Do It All: Collection Development

What is Collection Development?

Collection development is the intentional curation of library materials to best serve your community's needs.

Most of our libraries are popular materials centers and focus on purchasing popular fiction and nonfiction for leisure reading.

Sample Policies

Where to Buy

When buying books for the collection, library book vendors offer discounts, MARC records, pre-pub shipping, processing, and more.

Here are three of the biggest companies used by public libraries: Baker & Taylor; Brodart; and Ingram.

Additional Resources

Professional Reading