Even in this electronic age, books remain a core element of the service provided by UK libraries.  Building a comprehensive, high-quality stock, matching provision to community needs; improving availability and speed of supply, securing best value prices; and increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of procurement and management processes are therefore essential activities for all libraries.

These Guidelines provide best practice guidance to two important elements in the effective management, selection and supply of a hard-working, best value, customer-focused stock: the supply specification and the stock management framework which underpins it.

Thanks to sponsorship from the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, these Supply Specification Guidelines are available free of charge. NAG has also produced Servicing Guidelines for both academic and public libraries.

These documents are freely available to download below:

Supply Specification Guidelines

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Servicing Standards: Best practice for public libraries

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Servicing Standards: Best practice for academic libraries

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