Collection Development

Carpenter Memorial Library                                                         Collection Development Policy


The collection development policy is intended to provide guidance, within budgetary and space limitations, for the selection and evaluation of materials to meet the needs and interests of the public in our service area of Cle Elum and Upper Kittitas County.  The Carpenter Memorial Library believes that full, confidential, and unrestricted access to information is essential for patrons to exercise their constitutional rights.  The library considers reading, listening, and viewing to be an individual and private matter.  While everyone is free to select or reject materials for themselves or their minor child(ren), the library will not restrict access to others to read or inquire and will do its best to provide access to a diverse selection of materials for all our patrons.

Principles Of Collection Development:

  • To create and maintain a collection of library materials, in a variety of formats, for all age groups, which will aid them in the pursuit of education, information, research and recreational pursuit.
  • To make available the widest diversity of views and expressions to serve a community of individuals with widely separate and diverse interests, backgrounds, cultural heritages, and social values and needs.
  • To organize, mark and maintain the collection to help people find materials.  There will be no labeling, sequestering, alteration or discarding of materials because of controversy surrounding the author or subject matter.
  • To keep library collections up to date by judicious oversight, removing outdated and worn-out items and the purchase of new materials.
  • Selection of materials does not constitute or imply agreement with or approval of the content, viewpoint, implications, or presentations of materials.
  • The Carpenter Memorial Library upholds the principles documented in the 

Criteria for Selection of New Materials

  • Receipt or nomination of awards
  • Positive professional reviews
  • High standards of quality in content and physical attributes (binding, printing, paper quality)
  • Contents that are timely, accurate, and representative of various viewpoints
  • Significant reputation of the author, editor, producer, illustrator, or publisher
  • Historical value
  • Public demand (current and anticipated)
  • Relevance to local interest and needs
  • Suitability of physical form for library use
  • Value of the resource in relation to budget and space constraints
  • Ease of availability through regular vendors

Criteria for Removing an Item from the Collection

  • Physical condition
  • Obsolescence
  • Completeness (sets)
  • Availability of similar materials

Reconsideration of Library Materials

If a patron feels that an item was purchased in error or is inappropriate, they may request reconsideration of that item by submitting a Request to Reconsider Material form (pdf).  Requests must be submitted by active Carpenter Memorial Library cardholders residing within our service area.  Circulation staff are not available to engage or discuss the merit of the request with the concerned patron.  Only written requests will be accepted, and will be reviewed within 30 days by the Library Board. While an item is being reviewed, it will remain in active status in the collection. 

Adopted by Library Board 10/17/2023


Made possible with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Washington State Library, Office of the Secretary of State.