General Selection Criteria

Tewksbury Public Library strives to fulfill the informational, educational, and recreational needs of its users by providing quality materials. The following standards apply equally to all items considered for acquisition, whether purchased, requested, or donated. An item does not have to meet all of the criteria in order to be acceptable.

  • Appropriateness of subject and style for intended library users
  • Relevance to present and future needs of the community
  • Reputation and qualifications of the author or publisher of the work
  • Strengths and weaknesses of the existing collection
  • Consideration of the work as a whole, rather than on the basis of specific sections
  • Representation of trends, subjects, or genres of local or national importance
  • Currency and accuracy of the information
  • Price of item is within established budget guidelines
  • Contemporary and long-term significance
  • Literary or artistic merit
  • Favorable reviews and inclusion in reputable resources, such as bibliographies, publishers' catalogs, and professional or trade journals
  • Space requirements
  • Durability and sustainability of format for library use
  • Availability of materials through other area libraries or electronic resources
  • Popularity and user demand

The library seeks to provide a balanced collection representing a wide range of viewpoints, including controversial issues that may be objectionable to some individuals. A work will not be excluded from the collection because of frankness of content. The purchase of controversial items by the Library does not constitute endorsement of the views expressed.