A Resource For All To Learn & Grow
Guidelines For Which Library Items Are Kept,
Purchased or Accepted as Donations.
Covenant's library is a resource to assist members and staff in growing in the Christian life and faith, both individually and communally. The collection must be kept up to date to best serve the changing needs of the congregation. The following practices are recommended for accepting books, CDs, DVDs or videos:
- We accept books with the topics of biblical and theological studies, spiritual guidance, care giving and social issues related to our church mission, church history, biographies of religious persons, and hobbies or crafts as spiritual exercise. Books on general history, other biographies, crafts should not be accepted.
- We will hold books lacking religious emphasis but offering significant insight on issues related to the mission of our church, for example books about poverty, hunger, and other social issues.
- We will hold fiction that is of interest in the Christian community.
- We will hold a few general reference books, such as dictionaries.
- Special allowances have to be made for books authored by members and former members.
- Books lacking a religious or spiritual emphasis, such as those on crafts, hobbies or general world history should be accepted only in special circumstances.
- A note reflecting why the book was chosen should be included in the computerized item record if its acceptance is special in any way.
- Books more than 30 years old will not be accepted unless the book is judged to have special significance.
- We will keep issues of periodicals for only a year.
- We will keep children's faith based books and DVDs (others will be kept by
Children's Sunday classes for easy access by teachers).
- Items must be in good condition.
The church librarian (a volunteer appointed by the Adult Education Committee) will determine which items meet the above criteria. When in doubt, the church librarian will consult with the Adult Education Committee.
If an item is donated but is not accepted by the church library, the item will be donated to a non-profit agency or sold at the Annual Trash & Treasure Sale.
Cindy Lovell, Volunteer Librarian & Chair of the Library Committee
a Sub-Committee of the Adult Education Committe