The collection development policy should also discuss how materials will be acquired by the library.  It is useful to have in your policy that the library will seek the best possible prices in purchasing library materials.  This may help to avoid controversy about the small amount of money that may be spent with local vendors.  Some of the issues to be addressed should include the following.

The use of jobbers.  Most libraries use book and media jobbers or magazine subscription services to purchase most of their materials.  These vendors normally give substantial discounts (sometimes 40% or more) for library purchases.  If your library will be using such vendors, this should be stated in your policy, and the policy on how the jobbers will be chosen should be stated.


Local vendors.  Libraries will often purchase materials from local bookstores or record stores if they need an item in a hurry.  The conditions for such purchases should be spelled out in the policy.  The policy should also state that the library will seek the best possible price in making such purchases.


Standing orders.  For some specialized items, the library may have a standing order.  This means that each time a new edition of the work is published, the library automatically acquires a copy.  The policy should contain information on how standing orders are determined, and how and when they are evaluated.

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