Section XVI - Wright Branch Library


Fiction - Adult

Revised August 2012

General Comments

The collection covering adult books consists of, but is not limited to, popular best sellers, critically-acclaimed first time authors, short stories, historical fiction, Christian fiction, adventure, spy/espionage, thriller/suspense, psychological suspense, family saga, horror, and classics in both print and digital formats. The following genres are also part of this collection:

  • Western
  • Science Fiction
  • Romance
  • Mystery

Development Plan

The primary goal of this collection is to provide leisure reading materials and literary classics to adults. Classics are those titles that have an enduring quality and have withstood the test of time. In order to meet this goal, the Library:

  • strives to provide a broad range of reading materials to meet the variety of likes and tastes of all patrons.
  • strives to provide a balanced collection of popular reading materials found in all genres and a core collection of classical literature.
  • 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.
  • purchases selected fiction titles appearing on the New York Times best-seller list without the benefit of a review knowing that there is a heavy demand for these titles.

Influencing Factors

Purchases and buying patterns are determined in large part by:

  • best seller listings, award winning selection lists, and general journal publications.
  • circulation statistics.
  • shelf space.
  • budget constraints.
  • patrons' requests.
  • availability of a fully developed collection at the main library.

Retention/Weeding

Materials generally retained in the fiction collection consist of:

  • titles in a series.
  • titles in popular demand.
  • regional authors.
  • literary classics.

Materials generally weeded from this collection consist of:

  • books in poor condition
  • titles that have not circulated in three years
  • duplicate titles

 

Collection Development Policy
Re-Adopted September 24, 2012