Our stock policy determines how we buy and manage our collection of books and information. You can read the full version, but a few key points are also given below:

How do you choose what to buy?

We work with our library book supplier to provide our new items of stock. We use intelligence from the types of items you have borrowed in the past, information about the size and opening times of our libraries and from this we develop a series of profiles that the library suppliers use when selecting books on our behalf. In its simplest form, this means that the more popular titles are bought for our smaller libraries, with more esoteric titles found at our larger libraries.

What won’t we buy?

We wont buy anything that we consider too expensive (we set a bar of around £35 on a hardback non-fiction book) or that we think would only be used by one person (to support their leaning for example). We also try to avoid items that contain loose leaf pages or where there are lots of multiple choice questions to tick (e.g. personality assessment type books) We would also not purchase anything that was over about 7 years old, unless it was considered to be a classic text. Other than that, our only limitations are if something has been banned from publication. We would never sensor any materials, so, although you may disagree with it, you will find profanities, violence and scenes of a sexual nature in some of our books.

What about online material?

Supplying books as ebooks extends access because people can access them from home 24 hours.  In come cases, more than one person can access the same title at the same time, so this is value for money for us. Our elibrary is one of our growing libraries, so we aim to make as many titles available as we possibly can, with the money we have available to us.

How much money do you spend on books?

Our total stock budget is £183,000. This covers all of our hard copy books, our online reference materials, our magazines, newspapers and audio books.

Can I donate books to you?

Yes, but the criteria as listed above applies. We are unlikely to accept books that are out of date, that are grotty or that have pages falling out. We would welcome popular books in great condition, that will continue to be loved by many readers after you.