ADAMS COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY
ADAMS COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM MISSION STATEMENT:
The mission of the Adams County Library System is to provide all county residentsaccess to library materials and information systems that address the needs and expand theaspirations of county residents for formal and lifelong learning, enrichment and pleasure.
Purpose of the Collection Development Policy:
The purpose of the library’s collection development policy is to assure that the librarypurchases, within budgetary limitations, the best materials of both permanent and currentinterest in all subjects. The selection of library resources is a prime activity within thelibrary and is based on the needs and requests of the community which it serves.
Adams County is primarily a rural, agricultural county. Of the 91,292 individualsrecorded in the last census, over 70,000 of those lived in a rural setting. As of 2001, thecounty has a per capita income of approximately $18,000. However, severalcommunities have a per capita income lower than this. 25,546 are age 45 or older. TheHispanic / migrant population represented about 2% of the total 1990 census but is a fastgrowing (and was significantly undercounted in the last census) segment of ourpopulation, and this population increases dramatically during the fruit harvesting season.Adams County Library System has 5 service locations plus a bookmobile. These includethe central library in Gettysburg, one branch library in New Oxford, and three satellite