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NYC School Librarian Guidebook: Ordering

Resources to examine our inherent bias, promote personal awareness, and help us build collections for our students that reflect themselves and the world around them.

Ordering Books

All materials purchased should align with the NYCDOE Collection Development Policy for Classroom Collections and School Libraries.

Library Materials

All materials ordered for the central school library should be purchased as “shelf-ready.” Shelf-ready print materials should include mylar covers for dust jackets, spine labels, barcodes, barcode protectors, and MARC 21 records for all items in the library order.  The Funding Source, e.g., “NYSLIB,” should be marked on every library material purchased. 




All cataloging and processing specifications for the library's collection should be on file with each individual vendor/jobber the order is being placed with.  Every jobber should receive a different range of barcode numbers and the librarian should maintain records of the barcode ranges allocated for each vendor.  

Please refer to the Automation page for guidance on barcodes, call numbers, and setting up cataloging and processing specifications with jobbers. 



A robust collection of magazines is available in the Citywide Digital Library on Sora for all students and staff. 

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