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Collection Development Criteria
Collection Development Policies

The San Anselmo Library uses these policies in the decision making process for all materials entered into our library collection.

 Criteria for Materials Selection

The Librarians who select for the San Anselmo Public Library use judgment, experience, and expertise in the application of the following Criteria for Materials Selection, making acquisition decisions as objectively as possible.

All materials, whether purchased or donated, are considered in terms of the criteria listed below. 

  • Popular interest
  • Contemporary significance or permanent value
  • Currency of information
  • Accuracy and authentication
  • Representation of diverse points of view
  • Relationship to existing materials in collection
  • Readability or ability to sustain interest
  • Appropriateness of subject to the age of the intended audience 
  • Reputation of the author, publisher, producer, or illustrator
  • Creative, literary, or technical quality
  • Critical assessments in a variety of professional journals and attention in media
  • Media promotion
  • Format and ease of use
  • Circulation as monitored through the Library’s automated system
  • Cost and availability
  • Relationship to materials in other area libraries
  • Local emphasis 

The library uses a variety of tools to aid in the selection of materials, including professional review journals, popular print and broadcast media, bookstores, publishers’ catalogs, and patron and staff recommendations. The following sources are consulted in the selection of materials, but selection is not limited to these:

Booklist, Hornbook, Library Journal, Kirkus, New York Times Book Review,

San Francisco Chronicle Book Review, School Library Journal.

Materials by Local Authors

Every attempt is made to acquire titles by local San Anselmo/Marin authors that are published by mainstream publishers. Titles by local writers that are self-published are not added to the collection unless there is a compelling reason to do so, such as valuable local content, high local interest.

The library does not return review copies, regardless of the library’s purchase decision, and it is preferable that you do not leave your book, audio or DVD with the library.  If you would like the librarians to evaluate your item please leave a Local Author Submission Form with the Reference desk.  

     Suggestions for Purchase

The library encourages input from the San Anselmo Community concerning the    collection.  A suggestion for purchase procedure enables San Anselmo library users to request that a particular item or subject be purchased by the library.  All suggestions for purchase are subject to the same selection criteria as other materials and are not automatically added to the collection.


  Suggestions for Purchase/ILL Form

Selection policies and Local Author submission form