Large Print Non-Fiction

General Comments

Large print is generally defined as 16 point type or larger. This collection provides nonfiction reading materials with an emphasis on senior citizen issue-related topics. It offers patrons who have visual acuity concerns a larger print font as well as offering the general public a larger print selection for easier reading.

Development Plan

The goal of this collection is to provide sources that pertain to the needs and concerns of the senior citizen population. To meet this goal, the Library:
  • purchases current material relating to the senior citizen population.
  • provides best-sellers in large print.
  • evaluates patron requests through book reviews, or knowledge and popularity of the author.
    • 000 Generalities. Minimally developed.
    • 100 Philosophy, occultism, and psychology. Occultism and psychology sources are not developed. Works on philosophical thought are minimally developed.
    • 200 Religion. A small collection on world religions with emphasis on general Christian sources is maintained.
    • 300 Social sciences. Works on the social sciences, including communications, self-help and the social process as they pertain to the elderly are developed and maintained. A small collection focusing on educational needs for the elderly is maintained.
    • 400 Language. Not developed.
    • 500 Natural sciences and mathematics. Not developed.
    • 600 Technology. Information on the applied sciences with primary emphasis on medical science as it relates to the senior citizen population is developed and maintained.
    • 700 The arts. Minimally developed.
    • 800 Literature. Miscellaneous writings such as humor, poetry, diaries, and travel memoirs are developed and maintained.
    • 900 Geography, history, and biographies. Works relating to travel for senior citizens are developed and maintained. Popular biographies of current interest are developed and maintained.

Influencing Factors

Purchases and buying patterns are determined in large part by:
  • availability of materials relating to contemporary elderly issues or concerns supported by audience demand.
  • weight of the book. (i.e. lightweight hardbound books are preferred, but paperbacks are purchased when hardbound is not available.)
  • shelf space.
  • budget constraints.
  • patron requests.


  • Titles in popular demand are retained.
  • Current topical interest titles are retained.
  • Titles in a series are generally retained.
  • Books in poor condition are weeded.
  • Titles that have not circulated in three years are weeded.