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Stock policy

The stock policy is intended to provide a framework for collection management, purchasing, planning, standard setting and benchmarking

This stock policy explains:

  • How the library service contributes to achieving the priorities of Richmond upon Thames Borough Council in terms of its stock.
  • How we choose the books, DVDs and other materials you find in your libraries.
  • How we maintain and promote those materials.
  • How we circulate stock between libraries to ensure all libraries are able to provide the widest choice of reading material.
  • Why and how we decide to keep some items and withdraw others.
  • How we measure stock performance and how this helps to inform stock development.

Lending services stock policy(pdf, 75KB)

Local Studies collection stock policy(pdf, 46KB)

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Updated: 21 April 2023

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