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Financial Literacy in Public Libraries: A Guide for Building Collections: Part I

This guide was created by the ALA Office of Research & Evaluation, and funded by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

Part I: Building an Essential Collection

Part I: Building an Essential Collection

The essential collection in this instance is also known as a core collection. A core collection is defined as the basic or starting point for a library collection. This collection includes items to help library patrons improve their fundamental personal finance knowledge and skills, while addressing key money decisions across the lifecycle. This collection emphasizes resources suitable for general (non-specialist) audiences seeking reliable, up-to-date information across a range of everyday financial topics.