Material Formats Excluded
Certain formats are not currently acquired because the libraries lack the necessary projecting, listening and/or reproduction devices, for example, 16 mm films, laserdiscs, and filmstrips.
Some materials are generally not acquired because they cannot be readily handled in a library setting:
- College-level programmed texts, workbooks, answer sheets, or standardized tests
- Periodical article reprints
- Ephemera, defined as printed items with little or no permanent value, such as pamphlets, posters, press releases, leaflets, newspaper clippings, and transcripts, is not collected.
- The UNESCO definition of a book is a collection of 49 or more printed pages. A collection of fewer than 49 printed pages is considered a pamphlet and hence is not collected. Common exceptions include children’s books, music scores, plays, and art catalogs. Other exceptions may be made at the discretion of a librarian.
(Last revised September 2009.)