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How items are selected for the collection at MCPL:
Marion Co. Public Library is considered a popular titles library as well as one that strives to offer extended resources to support local schools. That means trying to offer titles that might benefit student research but that might be out of the budget range for individual school libraries. Popular titles means that we seek to add resources/books that are on current trend, in the news and media, and sought after by the community. Primarily these titles have publication dates no older than 3-5 years with the exception of our classics section and reprints of older titles that have had a resurgence in interest.
Book and other resources can be requested by the public. If a title/resource is within the 3-5 year publication time period and deemed something that is economical and likely popular with other library readers the item will be purchased and added to the collection. If an item is an older publication, considered un-budget friendly or something that may only be popular with a very small group in the community we will attempt to borrow the title through the interlibrary loan system.
Beyond requests the staff over each area of service: Children’s, Junior’s, Young Adults, New Adults, Adults look at recent articles, reviews and popular titles lists that they find online and through our book providers. Staff will select works that fall under the same guidelines as from patron requests.
We do not retain information regarding individual patron requests of items. As with any patrons details retained in our system this is considered personal information and cannot be shared for personal security reasons.
Effective May 4, 2023