The following guidelines are established for the weeding of library materials from the Knightstown Public Library collection.

1. Print:

Out of date books. Defined as books with information that is no longer current. These are mostly non-fiction in the science and computer area. However, does apply to all classifications.
Non-circulating materials. Defined as books that have not been circulated or with very limited circulation during the last 5 years. These books usually do not refer to Classics or Historical Reference Books.
Damaged materials. Defined as books beyond repair. Mostly paperback books or books damaged by patron abuse. Patrons are required to pay for damages to books at current replacement cost.
Periodicals. Defined as magazines, newspapers, or pamphlets. These items will be weeded on an on-going basis, due to lack of space. Newspapers (other than The Banner) are recycled daily.
Lost materials. Defined as an item missing during the last inventory, will be deleted from the collection.
Multiple copies of an item. Defined as more than one copy of a book or periodical. Extra copies are weeded as the popularity of the book declines. The Library will maintain no more than 1 copy of a particular item, unless an additional copy is added as reference.

2. Audio Visual:

Materials that have not circulated for 5 years.
Damaged materials. Patrons are required to pay for damages to audio and visual materials at current replacement cost.
Duplicate titles.
Materials replaced by new format. (eg. video to DVD or cassette to CD)

3. Disposal of material:

Materials can not be given away, because they were purchased with public funds.

Weeded items will be:

  • Sold in the library for a low price.
  • Given to the Friends of the Library to sell as fundraisers to benefit the library
  • Thrown away or recycled.

Weeding will be done throughout the year as staff time permits.

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