Core Collections

The first step in great readers’ advisory is a great collection. 

Core Collections are impartial, authoritative guides that help librarians build and maintain well-rounded collections of the most highly recommended reference, nonfiction and fiction books. Beloved in print for years, the collections are available in a more comprehensive and more regularly updated online version. Core Collections makes it easy to connect the information to your local collection and compare what your library owns to what our experts recommend.

Core Collections Include:

Children's Core Collection

The ideal collection development and curriculum support resource for anyone who works with children’s books. 

Graphic Novels Core Collection

Especially useful as librarians build graphic novel collections. 

Fiction Core Collection

Perfect for libraries of all sizes navigating the vast adult fiction market. 

Middle & Junior High Core Collection

An essential resource for anyone who works with middle grade books. 

Nonfiction Core Collection

Provides guidance for adult nonfiction collections, including plays and poetry.  

Senior High Core Collection

Covers young adult books and adult books with teen appeal, making it perfect for anyone who works with young adult literature collections. 

Core Collections also complements other NoveList products in supporting readers’ advisory.

Female librarian with cart full of books to put away

Recommended to librarians and libraries at all levels. Easy to use, economical and time-saving for librarians and paraprofessionals working on collection development.”


Female librarian with cart full of books to put away
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Stack of books with top book open on table in library

“We use Core Collections on a daily basis for our collection work from selection to weeding to help us balance demand and collection depth against budget constraints. Alerts help staff to get the information they need for their selection needs and recommendation levels make it easy for us to judge which titles should get extra copies if we have money at the end of the year.”

Dianne Coan, Fairfax County

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