Core Collections are impartial, authoritative guides that help librarians build and maintain well-rounded collections of the most highly recommended reference, nonfiction, and fiction books. Beloved in print for years, the collections are available in a more comprehensive and more regularly updated online version. Core Collections makes it easy to connect the information to your local collection and compare what your library owns to what our experts recommend.

ACDL’s offerings includes content from:

  • Children’s Core Collection
    • The ideal collection development and curriculum support resource for anyone who works with children’s books.
  • Graphic Novels Core Collection
    • Especially useful as librarians build graphic novel collections.
  • Fiction Core Collection
    • Perfect for libraries of all sizes navigating the vast adult fiction market.
  • Middle & Junior High Core Collection
    • An essential resource for anyone who works with middle grade books.
  • Nonfiction Core Collection
    • Provides guidance for adult nonfiction collections, including plays and poetry.
  • Senior High Core Collection
    • Covers young adult books and adult books with teen appeal, making it perfect for anyone who works with young adult literature collections.
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