Collection Development Policy

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The Collection Development Policy provides the strategic framework for all decisions and processes related to stock procurement and management, both at the current time and into the foreseeable future. It includes a description of how material is acquired, what selection criteria are applied, withdrawal and disposal methods, how the collections are promoted and descriptions of the current collections.

The collections of Dublin City Libraries (DCL) are developed, maintained and preserved in support of the library vision as outlined in the development plan:

'Through its collections, resources and cultural programmes, DCL provides free and equal access to information, ideas and a range of learning and self-development opportunities, targeted to meet the needs and interests of people at all ages, stages and levels of ability. These include the reader, the learner, the jobseeker, the student, the researcher, the entrepreneur, the business community, the artist, the cultural tourist, the genealogist, the hobbyist and more'.

'Theme – Access to ideas, information and imagination, Objective 1
Provide diverse resources for citizens to enable them to maximise their potential, to participate in decision-making, to access education and to contribute to the cultural life of the city.'

Access the Collection Development Policy Document (pdf, 552kb)Beartas Forbartha Bailiúcháin (pdf, 480kb) (cannot access pdf?)

See also What is the stars: a development plan for Dublin City Public Libraries 2012 – 2016.

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