Religion (200)

General Comments

This area is minimally developed since it depends on the more comprehensive coverage of the Adult nonfiction collection.

Development Plan

  • 200 Religion. An overview of world religions and general Christianity is maintained.
  • 210 Natural theology. Minimally developed.
  • 220 Bibles. Bibles written for young adults are not developed as they are few and are superceded by adult bibles. Specific topics such as plants of the Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls, and Bible stories are maintained.
  • 230 Christian theology. Not developed.
  • 240 Christian moral and devotional literature. Titles specifically written for young adults about Christian life and spiritual practice are maintained.
  • 250 Local church and religious orders. Christian historical information and current missionary information is maintained.
  • 260 Social and ecclesiastical theology. Not developed.
  • 270 Christian church history. Titles focusing on historical works, censorship, and religious change are maintained.
  • 280 Christian denominations and sects. Not developed.
  • 290 Comparative religion and religions other than Christianity. This is the largest area collected in the Dewey 200 classification with the main emphases on world religion overviews, cults, and myths of Greek and Roman origin. Major religions of the world are limited with most represented by one title.

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.


  • A core of information directed to young adults about world religions should be retained.
  • Mythology is evaluated carefully before discarding for availability of replacement materials.