Large Print Fiction

General Comments

Large print is generally defined as 16 point type or larger. The collection's main purpose is to provide leisure reading materials to patrons with visual acuity concerns. It also offers a choice to other patrons that simply enjoy a larger font selection, and serves as backup if the regular print title is checked out.

Development Plan

To meet the main purpose, the Library:
  • purchases reading materials that meet the variety of likes and tastes of all patrons.
  • best sellers are purchased when available due to patron demand.
  • provides representation of the following genres: Westerns, Science Fiction, Romance, and Mystery.
  • evaluates patron requests through reviews, or knowledge and popularity of the author. Patron requests are given serious consideration and added to the collection as warranted or upon availability.

Influencing Factors

Purchases and buying patterns are determined in large part by:
  • circulation statistics.
  • quality of packaging. (Hardbound format is generally preferred, but quality paperbacks are purchased when the hardbound is not available.)
  • weight of the book. (i.e. lightweight hardbound books are preferred.)
  • shelf space.
  • budget constraints.
  • patron requests.


  • Titles in a series are generally retained.
  • Titles in popular demand are retained.
  • Damaged titles or titles in poor condition are weeded.
  • Titles that have not circulated in three years are weeded.