Geography & History (900)

General Comments

This wide-ranging collection provides introductory information on geography, history and travel, biography, genealogy, insignia, history of the ancient world, and general history of Europe, Asia, and the Far East, Africa, North America, South America, and other areas.

Development Plan

The Dewey section of 970s, the largest in the 900s, is heavily developed and maintained. Sources covering the history of the United States and Native American tribes are heavily developed and maintained. 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 factors 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  • Books are withdrawn due to damage, loss, drop in general interest level as evidenced by circulation figures, or content relevancy and currency.
  • Titles with multiple copies are checked for usage, and duplicate copies are withdrawn as demand decreases.