Skip to Main Content

“The mission of Ranger College is to transform lives and give students the skills to be a positive influence in their communities.”

Golemon Library Policies

 Main Collection Weeding Criteria


Adopted from CREW guidelines established by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Poor Content - Does the material or collection contain:

  • Outdated and obsolete information (especially on subjects that change quickly or require absolute currency, such as computers, law, science, space, health and medicine, technology, travel).
  • Trivial subject matter, including topics that are no longer of interest or that were dealt with superficially due to their popularity at a specific point in time, as well as titles related to outdated popular culture.
  • Mediocre writing style, especially material that was written quickly to meet popular interest that has passed.
  • Inaccurate or false information, including outdated information and sources that have been superseded by new titles or editions.
  • Unused sets of books (although you may keep specific volumes if they meet local needs and are used).
  • Repetitious series, especially series that are no longer popular or that were published to meet a popular demand that no longer exists.
  • Superseded editions (in general, it is unnecessary to keep more than one previous edition, discarding as new editions are added).
  • Resources that are not on standard lists or that were never reviewed in standard review sources.
  • Material that contains biased, racist, or sexist terminology or views.
  • Unneeded duplicates, especially if they are worn or tattered.

Poor Appearance - Does the material or collection contain:

  • Worn out, ragged items.
  • Poorly bound or poorly printed editions.
  • Rebound editions that are worn and shabby or have torn pages.
  • Items that are dirty, shabby, warped, bug infested, or otherwise marked up, mutilated, or 'edited' by patrons.
  • Books with yellowed, brittle, torn, taped, or missing pages.
  • Books with dust jackets or cover art that is dated, especially on children's and young adult books.

Unused Materials - Does the material or collection contain:

  • Items that have not circulated within the past 3-5 years and not actually used for reference or in-house research.
  • Duplicate copies that are no longer needed, regardless of condition.
  • Periodicals that are available in full-text databases.
  • Unused volumes in sets or series.
  • Unneeded titles in subject areas that are less frequently used.
  • Materials on the 'hot topics' that were popular more than five years ago.
  • More books than are needed on any single subject.
  • Formats that are no longer popular in your community, especially if the technology needed to use the format is no longer owned by people in the community.
  • Material that is no longer important to the collection because of changes in local demographics, school curricula, or other factors.

Checklist of Weeding Factors - For all materials, consider:

  • Date—when was the item published?  When was it added to the collection?
  • Author—is the author still read or likely to be read in the future?  Is the book a lesser work?
  • Physical condition—are there any factors that make the item unattractive?
  • Additional copies—are more copies available that may be in better condition?
  • Other books on the same subject in the collection—if this book is discarded, what else is available?
  • Expense of replacement—can the item be replaced?  Was this an expensive item that might benefit from rebinding or refurbishing rather than replacement?
  • Shelf-time—how long has the item sat on the shelf without circulating?
  • Relevance of the subject to the community—is the material of interest to anyone in the community?

Fiction, young adult, and childrens materials are not a priority for Golemon Library. 

Please contact us at 254-647-1414 or