Public Library Core Collection: Nonfiction

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Created by Librarians, for Librarians

Developed by collection development specialists, this database provides titles—at 3 recommendation levels—of the most highly-recommended reference and non-fiction books for adults. Covering a wide range of topics, from health to personal finance, this collection can be used for collection development, readers’ advisory and curriculum support.

An Impartial and Expert Aid

The online version of this collection provides more content (two additional recommendation levels, Supplemental and Archival) to aid in selection for larger libraries and subject-level collections, and includes features—such as book review citations and excerpts, book covers, advanced searching and sorting capabilities, and monthly content updates—not available in print.

What are Core Collections

For all of your collection development and maintenance, general reference and readers’ advisory needs, Core Collections—formerly H.W. Wilson's Standard Catalogs—are reliable guides to help librarians build and maintain well-rounded collections of the most highly recommended reference, non-fiction and fiction books.

With a solid history of excellence–which has earned respect and recognition within the library market–these collections are the only collection development tools on the market with clear recommendation levels and documented selection criteria. This gives these collections an unparalleled level of credibility and authority as impartial and expert aids.


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Recommended to librarians and libraries at all levels...Easy to use, economical, and makes so much possible for anyone working with children's literature and collection development.

– Booklist