The Floyd County Library Collection Development Policy
Approved by the Library Board July 9, 2018

Mission Statement

To support the growth and creativity of an engaged, informed, and connected community.

Strategic Plan

Our complete strategic plan for 2017-2020 can be found here:

About the Library and its Community

The Floyd County Library serves approximately 77,000 residents of Floyd County, Indiana and reciprocal borrowers from the state of Indiana.

The Library’s goal is to provide a diverse Floyd County community with materials that reflect a wide range of views, expressions, opinions, and interests.

General Criteria for Selection of Materials

The following criteria are used to determine materials to be added to the Library’s collection. An item does not need to meet every criteria to be added.

  • Public demand, usefulness, and appeal
  • Reflection of the diverse population of our area
  • Contribution to the diversity and scope of the collection
  • Contemporary significance, popular interest, or permanent value
  • Reviews in professionally recognized resources
  • Receipt of nominations for awards

Selection of materials may be influenced by many factors, including but not limited to the following:

  • Budgetary considerations
  • Physical space limitations
  • Suitability of the format and construction
  • Availability of materials in other local libraries and libraries accessible through the SRCS lending program

As new formats emerge, steps will be taken to phase out duplicated, obsolete mediums.

Responsibility for Selection and Suggestions for Purchase

Selection for the Library’s collection is a collaborative effort spearheaded by the Collection Development Leader. Patrons are welcome to make suggestions for purchase by filling out the Suggestion for Purchase form on our website. Suggestions for purchase and/or preview copies provided by authors are subject to the same selection criteria as other items and are not automatically added to the collection. Preview copies that are not added to the collection will be donated to the Friends of the Library.

Interlibrary Loan through the SRCS lending program is both a public service and an integral element in the Collection Development process. Staff may consider purchasing an item in lieu of requesting it through SRCS if the material is new, requested frequently, and/or deemed appropriate for selection based on the criteria for selection.

Collection Maintenance

The purpose of the Library collection is to provide materials that are in demand by the community, not to serve as an archive or an institute for advanced scholarly research. The Library keeps its collection vital and useful by removing, on a systematic and ongoing basis, those works that are worn, outdated, or no longer in demand. A goal of the Library is to keep the average age of the collection within 10 years of the current year.


The Friends of the Floyd County Library gratefully accepts donations of gently used materials. No conditions may be imposed relating to any materials donation.

Memorial donations may be utilized for a variety of material formats and may be designated to youth or adult collections.

Request for Reconsideration

A resident may request the reconsideration of an item already in the library’s collection. To request reconsideration of an item, please fill out the request for reconsideration form. Until a decision is reached, the item will remain in the collection. The final responsibility for reconsideration rests with the Library’s leadership team.

Scope of the Branch Libraries

The Galena Digital Branch will have a very limited physical collection of materials and will focus on providing access to technology and materials that are available digitally. A small, floating collection of physical materials will be available at the branch and patrons may choose to have books from the Central Library delivered to the Branch for pickup.

The Carnegie Center for Art and History, a branch of the library, will have a small collection of materials related to its current exhibits.