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Central Library Collection Development

Materials consists both print and non-print format in the following areas:

  • Media Center Collection
  • Adult Area Collection
  • Teen Space Collection

Media Center Collection
The Media Center includes DVDs, CDs, video games, audiobooks, and language learning materials on CD and DVD.

  • CDs
    • Popular, jazz, gospel, classical, world, movie soundtracks, Broadway shows
    • Audiobooks (fiction and nonfiction)
    • Language learning and English for speakers of other languages
  • DVDs
    • Comedy, drama, romance, horror, action, war, westerns suspense
    • TV series
    • World cinema
    • Children’s fiction and nonfiction
    • Nonfiction: documentaries, biography, music, travel, and many other subjects
    • Language learning and English for speakers of other languages
  • Video Games for the following systems:
    • PS3
    • PSP Vita
    • Nintendo DS
    • Nintendo 3DS
    • XBOX360
    • Wii
  • Audiobooks
  • Fiction and nonfiction on CDs and single unit Playaway format.

Music Scores

  • Notes and lyrics for operas and musicals
  • How to play musical instruments (method books)
  • Scores for chamber music
  • Miniature scores for orchestral music
  • Popular, jazz, rap, sacred, classical, world music, and children’s
  • Fakebooks
  • Opera librettos

Adult Area Collection:

  • Biographies
    An extensive collection of circulating individual biographies and autobiographies; collective biographies; and genealogical resources. The reference collection includes biographical directories, almanacs, and encyclopedias.
  • Civil Service Study Guides
    Links to Civil Service websites, publishers, and bookstores, as well as access to a collection of over 500 study guides. In addition to the circulating collection, reference copies are available in the Central Library for most of the titles.
  • Law Collection
    Features statutes, case law, digests, and agency regulations issued by New York City, New York State, and the Federal government, in addition to materials on miscellaneous subjects.
  • Periodicals and Newspapers
    Includes New York daily newspapers (Daily News, New York Post, New York Times, Newsday, El Diario) along with other local, national, and special interest newspapers. Back issues are available on microfilm of The Daily News (1950--present), and New York Times (1851--present).
  • Test Guides
    An extensive collection of test guides for high school, general education, college, military and teaching.
  • Travel Collection
    Encompasses thousands of travel guides including cities, states, regions of the U.S., and foreign countries.
  • Current Collection
    Contains bestselling popular fiction and nonfiction titles.
  • Hot Picks
    Bestselling titles, both fiction and non-fiction which can be requested.
  • Fiction
    Genres include American, British, and world novels and short stories, classics and contemporary, literary and popular, mysteries, romance, science fiction, and westerns, in English and English translation. Large print books are also available.
  • Nonfiction
    Spans all aspects of language study, poetry, drama, essays and literary criticism in English and English translations.
  • International Languages
    Fiction and nonfiction titles in over 40 languages.
  • Magazines
    This includes circulating and reference copies.  The circulating collection also includes international language titles.
  • Black Experience
    Urban and other fiction by African American authors.

Teen Space Collection
The collection includes fiction, nonfiction, reference materials, and magazines. The nonfiction collection serves to assist young people in grades 7-12 with homework, and support them on the road to high school graduation.

Special features include:

  • African American history, culture, and biography
  • College information and financial aid
  • Books on careers
  • Regents exams study guides
  • Test prep guides: Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), Special High School Aptitude Test (SHSAT), Cooperative Admissions Exam (COOP)
  • Books for science/math projects