The Reference collection provides current, broad-based, general sources for topical concerns and facts in online and print formats. The basic purpose of the Reference collection is to provide quick and consistently available access to statistical, directory, and factual information for access by both the Reference staff and the general public.
In general, single topic materials are inappropriate for this collection. Database, dictionary, encyclopedic, directory, and index formats are the most likely choice with content decisions being made on the basis of the purposes stated above.
Retention specifics: The primary criteria for retention in the collection are accuracy of the information, appropriateness of the format, and currency of the data.