Materials are reviewed regularly and systematically by the appropriate librarians to assess overall quality and physical condition. Materials of current value but in poor physical condition will be evaluated for mending, rebinding, or replacement. Rebinding is preferable for long term retention if the cost of binding is less than the cost of replacement. Mending is only done in cases of minor damage or when there is no alternative.
Duplicate titles are added to the collection only under careful consideration and sufficient demand. This situation is driven by space constraints and could change in the future.
The library supports conservation and preservation of all historic materials of regional interest. The book collection of the Tongass Historical Museum has been entered into the First City Libraries union catalog. While the Tongass Historical Museum’s collection does not circulate, it is available for the public to use in-house. Occasionally, an item from the library collection will be donated to the Museum.