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The process of discarding books and other materials from a library collection which are outdated or no longer useful. Synonymous with de-selection.

Removing items from a library collection -- just as a gardener removes weeds.

This is not just done because of physical space limitations. The condition, need, usage, accuracy, timeliness, or redundancy of the item being withdrawn is also considered.

Weeding is an important aspect of collection management; many libraries have weeding rules set in their collection development plans.

Weeded items may be discarded, sold, or donated. Library weeding usually only makes headlines when discarded materials of value are discovered in the garbage.

Preceded by:
Library materials life cycle Succeeded by:

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