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We are a small liberal arts college. The library has been building its special collections for over 100 years with the bulk of the collections being rare books or collections comprised of books. In the 20th century, it was a regular practice to acquire, by purchase or donation, multiple copies of a work, particularly fine press, for different named collections. During the past two years we have been assessing the holdings and refocussing the collection scope with an eye to downsizing while serving our core constituency.
De-duping is one of our policies. Although it may take some thought to select which individual copy to retain, we feel it is worth it. Disposition will vary, items may be traded, sold or donated.