Selection of Library Materials and Collection Management

The operating principle of the Oulu City Library is to support the equal rights and opportunities for lifelong learning and recreation for people of all ages with its diverse and evolving collections and services.

The collections include an extensive, up-to-date and evolving collection of fiction and non-fiction, magazines, music, audiovisual materials, objects, season tickets and e-materials that meets the needs of users.

The selection, curation and storage of materials are affected by estimated demand, cultural significance of the works, availability of the material and the available budget.

When developing collections, the needs of all population groups are taken into consideration.

The collection policy reflects the selection, curation and storage principles of the collections of Oulu City Library. The collection policy serves as a supportive source for the library staff in collection work and guides developing the collections.


Selection and acquisition of materials


Storing materials

Collection maintenance

Clearance sales

Acquisition proposal