The purpose of the Rare Book collection is to enhance the community's
knowledge of local, state, and regional heritage by means of older, primary
materials. For the Library's purposes, "rare book" is used loosely;
older publications or other materials appropriate for the collection may
not necessarily be rare in book market or other market terms. Donations
are the most important source of materials in the collection. Materials
in the collection are for in-house use only.
The Library does not actively seek to develop rare or valuable materials.
Regional records and local or state sources make up the bulk of this collection.
Additions to the collection are judged on a case by case basis. Items
belonging to prominent local citizens or classics may be added.
Generally excluded from the collection are those items better suited
to museum collections, requiring display areas and/or special storage
areas. Audiovisual materials (e.g., early recordings or films) are not
ruled out, but would be subject to especially close review. Materials
of present and potential relevance to the community are considered for
inclusion in the collection.
The collection being what it is, discards will be rare. Extremely poor
physical condition, beyond the Library's preservation capabilities, is
the one probable reason for discard.