In support of its mission, the Library selects, maintains and provides access to information, services and materials in a variety of formats to fulfill the educational, informational, recreational and cultural needs of all people of Prince George’s County.
Selection of library materials and resources is delegated to the Chief Executive Officer by the Board of Library Trustees. The Chief Executive Office appoints qualified professional
staff to select materials and resources for the Library System. The Board of Library Trustees of PGCMLS has adopted and included as appendices to this
Selection Policy the following documents.
PGCMLS acquires, organizes and makes available materials and resources in a variety of formats which:
In addition, the specific aim of the Children’s collection is to provide materials and resources in a variety of formats which will anticipate and meet the diversified needs, interests, tastes and backgrounds of children from infancy through age twelve. The specific aim of the Teen collection is to provide materials and resources for young people ages twelve through eighteen. Recognizing that adolescence is a period of rapid physical, mental and emotional growth, and taking into account the many levels of maturity and sophistication of this age group, materials and resources are selected which vary in format, content and reading difficulty.
There is no single standard which can be applied to all materials included in the Library’s collection. Some materials are selected to meet informational and educational needs. Others
may be evaluated primarily in terms of their artistic merit or chosen to satisfy customer demand. Materials are evaluated as a whole rather than on the basis of a particular section or
isolated passage. Works which present an aspect of life honestly will not be excluded because of frankness of expression. To build a diversified, customer-focused collection which supports the Library’s mission, certain criteria are used:
Titles are acquired in multiple formats when appropriate, including print, audio, DVD/Blu-Ray, and digital resources, as space and budgets allow. At times, a digital edition
may be deemed more appropriate than the print edition depending on accessibility, ease of use, and cost-effectiveness.
Works donated by local authors who are current residents of Prince George’s County and the surrounding area (Montgomery County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Calvert
County, Charles County, and the District Of Columbia) will be considered for the Library’s collection using the criteria stated in the Selection Policy for Library Materials.
The mission of PGCMLS Special Collections is to explore our past, inspire conversations, and anticipate the stories to come. These collections provide access to traditional library
materials including books, periodicals, microforms, digital content, vertical files, photographs, pamphlets, and other ephemera. To build special collections which support this mission, certain criteria are used:
The Library System maintains three Special Collections focusing on various unique aspects of the Prince George’s County experience from a historical perspective.
Criteria for Withdrawing Materials from the Collection
In order to keep the library collection current and responsive to community needs, materials will be withdrawn when they are:
Withdrawn items which are in good condition may be sold, with proceeds benefiting the library.
Approved, September 2019