Collection Development Guidelines


The State Library of Ohio provides downloadable audiobooks and eBooks through the Ohio Digital Library (ODL) in order to provide resources to ODL member libraries’ patrons that focus on life-long learning, including resources for leisure and recreational education.  Resources are chosen to reflect a broad spectrum of viewpoints and reader interests.

ODL adheres to the American Library Association Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read Statement and considers all materials in the collection protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.


ODL seeks to meet the reading needs of a diverse state population in a balanced collection representing a variety of backgrounds and points of view.  General criteria for title selection includes:

  • Accuracy and timeliness of content
  • Affordability
  • Author’s, artist’s, or publisher’s qualifications and/or reputation
  • Contribution to diversity or breadth of collection
  • Favorable reviews
  • Literary merit
  • Public demand
  • Publisher and/or vendor terms of use and retention
  • Title in a series whose other titles are in the collection


Certain publishers place circulation and/or time limits on eBook titles.  As access to such titles lapses, the decision whether to replace them in the ODL collection will depend on these factors:

  • Content obsolescence (nonfiction)
  • Current number of holds
  • Format obsolescence
  • Placement in a series
  • Replacement cost
  • Total number of circulations
  • Total number of holds


Due to technical and licensing limitations, ODL is unable to accept gifts of personally purchased eBooks or downloadable audiobooks.  Donated money for specific eBooks or audiobooks may be accepted through an ODL member library, depending on that library’s policy.

No conditions may be imposed relating to any gift either before or after its acceptance by an ODL member library with an understanding that donated materials are subject to the same selection, evaluation, and disposal criteria as material selected for purchase.

Reconsideration of Materials

The collection contains a wide variety of materials to meet the variety of needs of a diverse population.  The State Library of Ohio neither approves nor disapproves of the views expressed in materials included in the collection.  Anyone who wishes to have materials reconsidered for inclusion or removal from the ODL collection should contact their member library, who will give the patron a copy of this policy and review it with them.  ODL member libraries have the right and obligation to respond to their patron’s inquiries, including material challenges.

If a member library determines a digital item should be considered for removal from the ODL collection in response to a challenge, they should submit a request to the ODL Advisory Committee for reconsideration.  The ODL Advisory Committee will review the request and make the final decision on the digital item.

Policy Review

This collection development policy will be reviewed by the ODL Advisory Committee and State Library representatives at the start of each calendar year.

Approved by the Ohio Digital Library Advisory Committee August 25, 2017