Collection Development Policy
MRL’s collections are intended to meet the life-long informational, educational and recreational needs of the citizens of Page and Rockingham Counties and the City of Harrisonburg. The scope of the collection is sufficiently broad to offer a choice of format, treatment, and level of difficulty so that the library needs of most individuals can be met. The collection, with the exception of the Genealogy/Local History collection, is not intended to be archival or for deep research; it is reviewed and revised on a continuous basis to meet contemporary, on-going needs.
MRL encourages and accepts gifts with the understanding that all gifts of materials become the property of the library whether or not they are added to the collection. Gifts added to the collection are handled according to the same guidelines as any other materials belonging to the library: if added they are available to all library patrons; they may be housed at any branch in the system and they may be withdrawn in accordance with the library’s weeding guidelines. Materials donated to MRL should be reviewed according to the same criteria for adding new material. Materials not chosen for the library collection are disposed of to the library’s best advantage, such as the Friends of the Library’s book sales.
Check out the full text, including selection guidelines, of the Collection Development Policy.