The stuff that is in a library–books, DVDs, audio books, videos, and so forth–are known to librarians as its “collections.” The name comes from the way that a library grows because it collects books and other items by buying them, and then cataloging them so that they are available to be checked out. Library collections grow rather erratically. Even though the Delaware County District Library adds about 2000 items to its shelves each month, in some months, nearly an equal number of items are withdrawn from the collection because of condition, age, relevance, or duplicate copies.
Currently, the Library owns about 275,000 items, distributed among the Delaware Main Library and the Powell, Ostrander and Orange Branches. At any given time, about 1/5 of those items are checked out. Each year, the Library spends more than half a million dollars on the collections, and with the addition of the Orange Branch, that figure is going to increase.
The opening of the Orange Branch this month has added more demand for the items that are on its shelves and in the other facilities. Please understand that we will continue to add to the number of books, DVDs, and so forth each month; however, it may take us a few months to add enough items to alleviate the strain on the collections. Your patience is much appreciated, and if you can’t find what you are looking for in the Library, don’t forget about SearchOhio, a resource sharing connection to more than 9 million items throughout Ohio that you can access with a keystroke. And as always, don’t hesitate to ask a librarian for help.
Using tax dollars to purchase library material for taxpayers to check out and use is perhaps the best use of the money entrusted to us. Please let us know if you are not finding what you need when you visit the Library and we will do our best to satisfy your requests.