Philosophy & Psychology (100)

General Comments

This is a small collection. Many areas are not developed because they are out of the scope of young adult interests. The section includes works of major Western thinkers and some popular sources on philosophical issues. Psychology and the paranormal are represented in greater number.

Development Plan

  • 100 Philosophy and psychology. Not developed.
  • 110 Metaphysics. Not developed.
  • 120 Epistemology, causation, humankind. Not developed.
  • 130 Paranormal and phenomena. This class contains topics of great interest to young adults. Coverage of such topics as ghost existence, witchcraft, poltergeists, tarot card reading, and the devil is heavily developed and maintained.
  • 140 Specific philosophical schools. Not developed.
  • 150 Psychology. This class contains topics of great interest and concern to young adults. Many psychology books are written about young adults, but not for young adults. Only those written for young adults will be collected. Coverage of such topics as death, self-esteem, decision making, and understanding the thought process is heavily developed and maintained.
  • 160 Logic. Not developed.
  • 170 Ethics (moral philosophy). Since this topic area addresses report needs for students, historical and current coverage of such topics as euthanasia, animal testing, politics, cloning, and many medical issues including bio-ethics is developed and maintained.
  • 180 Ancient, medieval, Oriental philosophy. Not developed.
  • 190 Modern Western philosophy. Not developed.

Influencing Factors

Purchases and buying patterns are determined in large part by:
  • limited availability of material for young adults meeting the criteria of visual appeal and appropriate vocabulary.
  • electronic/Internet sources availability.
  • new works.
  • budget constraints.
  • circulation statistics.
  • patron requests.
  • present and potential relevance to young adult patrons.
  • shelf space.


  • Weeding should take place to keep up with current issues.
  • Damaged/missing materials are considered for replacement based on currency of the topic and circulation figures.