Subscribe to periodicals and retain selected issues as space permits.
Retain samples of early issues of local newspaper and issues covering significant events.
Microfilm and discard copies of all early county newspapers with exception of the above archived materials.
Retain historical society & family publications as space permits
Ongoing process driven by this policy and space restraints.
Weeded items considered for addition to library’s general collection.
Effort will be made to acquire replacement for any damaged or deteriorating items.
To avoid duplication of Special Collections that our patrons have access to elsewhere, the Shenandoah Room does not try to collect materials that are the specialty of the following institutions:
Handley Library Archives collects materials related to places, people and events of the Lower Shenandoah Valley, with a special emphasis on Winchester, Frederick County and those counties that were formed from Frederick.
Massanutten Regional Library’s Special Collections - (Page & Rockingham Counties and Harrisonburg).
The Shenandoah Room accepts gifts of materials that fall within the scope of this collection development policy. The only exception would be rare books, etc, that are given with the specific agreement that they are to be sold to benefit the Shenandoah Room. All other gifts of materials should go to the County Library.
*The Library Board of trustees amended the above policy on March 9, 2005 to include the following:
Virginia Biographies: The Shenandoah Room will develop an extensive collection of famous and infamous Virginians. The intent is to have selected or definitive biographies on individual Virginians and not a comprehensive collections of biographies of individuals.
Civil War: The Shenandoah Room will broaden its collection of Civil War monographs to include first editions and out-of-print titles in order to make the collection as extensive as the Archivist and Director deem feasible.
rare Books: The Shenandoah Room will develop a collection of "rare books" that are donated and are examples of literature or publications from earlier periods that may prove of educational benefit to later generations.