Book withdrawal is an important aspect of collection development. When library books lose the value for which they were originally selected, they should be withdrawn so that the collection remains vital and useful. The withdrawal of books is based on the following guidelines:
1. To remove physically worn out or damaged volumes from the library.
2. To eliminate books containing obsolete information.
3. To remove duplicate copies of titles that have waned in popularity, eliminating those most physically damaged or worn.
3. To consider for withdrawal, books which have not been checked out for several years. The library's rule of thumb on most materials is that if it has not been checked out in five years it may be discarded. Points to consider include the current popularity of the author and the historical and literary significance of the material in question.
Disposition of Withdrawn Materials:
All materials withdrawn from the collection should be stamped as "discarded" or "withdrawn.
The Library Director in agreement with the Regional Library Board of Trustees will make the final decisions regarding the disposition of materials withdrawn from the collection.
Recommended disposition of discarded materials: Book sale; schools, daycares, community non-profit organizations; recycle; landfill as last resort.