Arts & Recreation (700)

General Comments

This collection provides introductory information on the arts, civic and landscape art, architecture, plastic arts and sculpture, drawing and decorative arts, painting and paintings, graphic arts, printmaking and prints, photography and photographs, music, and recreational and performing arts. The 700s cover a wide range of subject matter of interest to children.

Development Plan

Coverage of the more popular subjects such as arts and crafts, music, and sports are heavily developed and maintained. Other subjects, especially landscape art, plastic art, sculpture, paintings, graphic art, and photography are minimally developed due to lack of availability of appropriate level materials and limited interest on the part of young patrons. Collection emphasis is on keeping sources current and relevant to the interests and needs of the young patron. Occasionally duplicate copies are purchased to satisfy patron demand, but, in general, single copies are sufficient.

Influencing Factors

Purchases and buying patterns are determined in large part by:
  • reading level.
  • new works.
  • budget constraints.
  • circulation statistics.
  • patron requests.
  • shelf space.
  • visual appeal.


  • Titles with child appeal that continue to be used are considered for replacement.
  • Physically worn materials are replaced or updated.
  • Books are withdrawn due to damage, loss, drop in general interest level as evidenced by circulation figures, or content relevancy and currency.
  • Titles with multiple copies are checked for usage, and duplicate copies are withdrawn as demand decreases.