The graphic novel collection is made up of recreational reading and informational titles in book or digital form for adult readers. These are books that are primarily pictorial, with text and dialog working together to propel the narrative.
The primary goal of this collection is to provide leisure reading materials to adults. In order to meet this goal, the Library:
- strives to provide a representation of the well-reviewed titles, and those titles which follow popular trends.
- evaluates patron requests either through book reviews or knowledge and popularity of the author. Patron requests are given serious consideration and added to the collection as warranted and as budget allows.
Various tools are used when selecting titles for the Graphic Novel collection. Review sources such as Booklist, Library Journal, and Publisher's Weekly; listserves and Web sites; award lists; bibliographies; and patron requests all are taken into consideration when acquiring materials. Much of the collection is driven by popular culture and patron demand.
Purchases and buying patterns are determined in large part by:
- patron requests.
- budget restraints.
- circulation statistics.
- shelf space.
- books in poor condition are weeded.
- titles in a series are retained.
- books with low circulation are weeded.