Q. How do we select items to add to the San Jose Public Library's collection?


When choosing, cataloging, or removing items from our collection we follow the City Council Library Materials and Services Policy and the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights, and are guided by San José Public Library’s Mission Statement. Our librarians use multiple tools to help them select materials. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Customer demand
  • Professional reviews
  • Timeliness of the subject matter
  • Diverse points of view
  • Knowledge of the author or publisher
  • What items are currently in the collection
  • Cost

Electronic resources also take into consideration:

  • Functionality
  • Availability of remote access
  • Quality of user experience
  • Cost per use
  • Absence of solicitation/promotion
  • Compliance with SJPL’s privacy policy
  • Synergy with the collection as a whole (physical and electronic)

We also highly value your suggestions for adding items to our collection. Suggestions can be made through our online form. All suggestions are given serious review, but not all suggested material can be added to the collection. We are not able to respond to you individually due to the high number of suggestions we receive.

Our librarians seek to add materials that offer both factual information and diverse points of view. Works are judged on their value as a whole and may be kept despite potentially controversial or conflicting content.

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  • Last Updated Oct 23, 2019
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  • Answered By John Muller

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