Literature (800)

General Comments

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

Development Plan

  • 800 Literature (belles-lettres) and rhetoric. Works with an emphasis on "how to" materials, such as how to write term papers and how to become a writer, are maintained. Young adult writings of poetry and anthologies are maintained. Poetry written for/to young adults is developed and maintained.
  • 810 American literature in English. Anthologies of poems written for/to young adults with an emphasis on cultural diversity (Native American, Hispanic, and Black writers) are developed and maintained. Plays, readers theater, and skits presented for young adult production are also developed and maintained.
  • 820 English and Old English (Anglo-Saxon literature). Not developed.
  • 830 Literature of Germanic (Teutonic) languages. Not developed.
  • 840 Literature of Romance languages. Not developed.
  • 850 Literature of Italian, Romanian, Rhaeto-Romanic languages. Not developed.
  • 860 Literature of Spanish and Portuguese languages. Not developed.
  • 870 Literature of Italic languages. Not developed.
  • 880 Literature of Hellenic languages. Not developed.
  • 890 Literature of other languages. Works on the cultural diversity of Hispanic, Native American, Asian, and African writers for young adults, preferably anthologies, are developed and maintained.

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.
  • availability of English translations for all non-English literature.
  • electronic/Internet sources availability.
  • new works.
  • budget constraints.
  • circulation statistics.
  • patron requests.
  • present and potential relevance to young adult patrons.
  • shelf space.


  • Newer and more attractive editions of poetry works written for young adults are continually sought.
  • Circulation is also a considered factor determining retention.