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Collection Development Policy

This living document was compiled by the Massasoit Library staff to capture the major ideas that guided the decision making processes across disciplines.

Multiple Copies

Duplicate copies of a title are not normally purchased, but may be added to the collection by either purchase or donation,  if warranted by heavy usage or other special circumstances (such as author visits, events, faculty requests, etc.) Second copies ideally should be purchased in an alternative format for access purposes: paperback or eBook. 


Lost items will be replaced if they meet selection criteria or have heavy patron usage.

Curation & Deselection

Faculty Librarians maintain the integrity of their sections; curation and deselection occurs on a regular, rotating schedule or for accreditation visits. 

Deselection criteria, in order of priority, includes:

  • Condition of item

  • Relevance to curriculum 

  • Age of content

  • Circulation statistics 

  • Classic titles/authors

Reconsiderations & Challenges

In accordance with the Library Bill of Rights, Massasoit Libraries create and curate a collection that fosters growth, learning and a diverse range of perspectives. However, the Libraries acknowledge that new information regarding certain titles or authors is constantly being uncovered. As such, the Libraries’ staff welcomes conversations regarding materials included in our collection.

Please use this form to communicate any concerns about our collection with the Director of Libraries.