The Library Development Policy

This is our Policy Document for the library. It describes how we define, manage and will develop the collection and library services.  It is published here so that those wishing to work for, invest in or donate to the library can have a clear understanding of the library’s  purpose, management and planned developments.

 

The Library of Avalon

Collection Development Policy

First Produced by The Board of Trustees 2015

 

 

Contents:                                                                                                 Page

 

Title Page                                                                                                  1

List of Contents                                                                                         2

The Purpose of This Policy                                                                     3

Whom Does The Library Serve And How?                                           4

Those served by the library

How these groups are served by the library

The Purposes of The Library of Avalon defined                                   5

Purposes presently implemented

Purposes currently aspired to

Managing The Collection                                                                             6

Protecting, Securing and Restoring Our Key Special Collections

Collection Development

Consultant Librarians

Job Description as Presented to the Consultant Librarians                  7

The Collection Management Sub-Committee                                       8

The Donation/Selection Protocol of The Library

Loans to The Library

Defining the Categories Areas of The Library’s Collection.                  9

 

Services Provided to Various User Groups                                          10

Creative Library Projects                                                                         11

APPENDIX

Historic Perspective: the evolution of Library’s Founding Purposes.        A Record of The Library of Avalon’s Book Loans      2013-15                               B

Graph of Loans                                                                                                                       harts of Collection Subject Distribution                                                                D

         

The Purpose of this Library Collection Development Policy

 

Since it was founded in 1988 The Library of Avalon has developed from a few books kept in a cardboard box into an inspiring collection of some 15,000 titles. This is an extraordinary achievement. The flash flood of August 2014, however, indicated the need for a clear policy to guide the library’s future management and development, and to safeguard its collection.  This Policy document is designed to provide this guidance and was conceived and developed by the Board of Trustees in 2015.

Over the last 27 years the enlargement of the collection through donation has been paramount in the unwritten policy of the library, with an average of more than five hundred books being donated to it each year.

 

The terrible losses suffered in the flood of 2014 clearly indicated that the library requires a clear management policy to

  1. Determine systems for managing and safeguarding the collection.
  2. Plan the use of library space and other resources for any functions other than book storage and lending.
  3. This Policy defines present management policy while offering a framework for future planning and developments.

 

This policy document therefore sets out to

  1. Clearly define the purposes of the library based upon the original vision of the founding members as expressed in the earlier documentation of the Association, while taking into account the current interests of the membership and the library’s present and projected use.

 

  1. Define the collecting criteria and define areas and limits to the Library’s special collections and overall collection.

 

  1. Set a strict limit to the size of the overall collection housed within the main library room and annex to ensure SAFE and manageable storage and use of the collection. Then to plan  the development and management of closed stacks or satellite collections as the collection grows too large to be housed in its entirety within the confines of the reading room and annex.

 

  1. Define the different category areas within that overall collection according to their relevance to the core primary purposes of the library, and to ensure that all relevant categories are appropriately represented in the collection and their quality continually developed.

 

  1. Define the library’s management structure by which the development of the library’s activities, services and collection is guided and managed, including selection and de-selection procedures and the responsibilities and systems of the Collection Management Committee and Consultant Librarians to each category.

 

  1. Make Clear Policy Statements regarding
    • Ensuring the safety of the collection
    • Title selection criteria
    • Title de-selection criteria
    • Provision of research facilities
    • Provision of lending facilities
    • Book and material donations
    • Book and material loans
    • Financial donations
    • The production and sale of merchandise
    • Publication and sale of books, reading lists, guides and maps
    • Recommendations for purchase
    • The allocation of funding to different departments and sections of the library
    • The use of the library for educational symposia
    • The provision of E- resources, internet facilities
    • The possible development of stacks and or satellite book collections. 

Whom Does The Library of Avalon Serve, And How?

 

This is the key question reminiscent of the famous Grail question.  On a philosophical level maybe the answer is again; “The divine within us all that seeks truth and as a vessel through which the divine can be expressed.”

On a more practical level:

Those served by the library include 

  1. The local library members who use the library for personal development and academic research.
  2. Writers and academic researchers.
  3. Donors of books to the library.
  4. Visiting pilgrims in search of inspiration and wisdom.
  5. Visiting tourists in search of amusement and a simple explanation of the mysteries of Glastonbury.
  6. The other associated Glastonbury-based educational organisations orientated to personal and spiritual development. (Isle of Avalon foundation, the Pilgrim Centre, the Goddess Centre etc.)
  7. Other libraries and educational organisations.

How these groups are served by the library

  1. A broad collection of books, research guides and reading lists available for loan and reference reflective of the interests of the library’s membership.
  2. A comprehensive collection of reference books, research materials and guides along with reading lists on those subjects most relevant to Avalon and Glastonbury.
  3. A collection of books and reading lists relevant to Avalon and the spiritual quests and courses regular pilgrims to Glastonbury are engaged in.
  4. A collection (for reference and sale) of printed guides, maps and pamphlets suitable for guiding general tourists and introducing them to the mysteries of Avalon and associated opportunities for personal spiritual development.
  5. A group of specialist consultant and volunteer librarians available for consultation regarding research pathways and recommended reading lists and assisting in locating specific information.
  6. A public Reading Room and Internet research facilities.
  7. Relevant symposia, lectures and publications including publication reviews and reading lists.

The Purposes of The Library of Avalon

Purposes Presently Implemented

 

  1. To acquire, house, classify, order, safeguard/protect, conserve, display, and offer for research and loan books and other media forms which fall within the defined areas of interest of the library.
  1. To develop the quality and comprehensiveness of the collection so as to best support the opportunities for research and education within those chosen areas of specialised interests of the library.
  1. To offer a variety of services and facilities to support research, education and creative expression in the areas of interest to the library, including a Reading Room, Internet Facilities and Symposia.
  1. To provide visiting tourists and pilgrims to Glastonbury with a relevant service.
  1. To provide any other service within the defined subject areas that will help re-build Glastonbury as a great centre of learning.
  1. To set up sound working and management practices to facilitate the implementation of the above objects in the spirit of equality, diversity, goodwill and integrity.

 

Purposes Currently Aspired to:

  1. To offer further services and facilities to support research, education and creative expression in the areas of interest to the library Research Pathways and Recommended Subject Reading Lists provided by sectional Consultant Librarians, as well as reference and rare source material publications and academic reviews, etc.
  1. To serve as an active networking hub for esoteric practitioners, academics, writers and other creative artists, researchers and students to share their knowledge, wisdom and other resources so as to support one another in the furtherance of their field of interest.
  1. To actively develop its resources to support educational and developmental courses, lectures, seminars, groups, workshops and festivals related to the areas of the library’s interest both locally in Glastonbury and further afield.
  1. To seek to acquire and display facsimile copies of a few culturally important, representative and relevant manuscripts previously held by the Glastonbury Abbey Library.

Managing the Collection

Protecting, Securing And Restoring Our Key Special Collections

  1. The Trustees undertake to manage the collection so as to ensure it is appropriately secure, protected, maintained and available to members and the public.
  2. The important key and specialist areas of the collection are stored and displayed on wall shelving at least 18 inches above ground floor level in such a way as to minimise the risk of damage by any future flood.

Collection Development

  1. The Library of Avalon has an ongoing policy to welcome and accept all book donations under the conditions stipulated in the Selection Policy (see below).
  2. No overall size to the collection is set. Once all the available display space available in the reading room and annex are filled stacks will be housed appropriately in local, safe and easily accessible spaces.
  3. At no time will books or other resources be stored at ground floor level in the main library building.
  4. It is estimated that the current library space can house about 13,300 titles.
  5. A Collection Management Sub-Committee composed of trustees and volunteers will manage the administration of the collection.
  6. The Trustees will appoint suitably knowledgeable Consultant Librarians to give advice on the development of the collection.
  7. The Library’s Collection will be developed to provide the very best quality materials for both the beginner and advanced researcher and practitioner in each subject area covered by the library.

Consultant Librarians

  1. In order to ensure that we develop the very best collection possible we will seek the advice of experts in each of the subject fields covered by our collection. These experts will be called Consultant Librarians and their role is described below.
  2. They should have extensive specialised knowledge of a particular defined category and be ready to voluntarily advise us in developing our Library’s collection.
  3. Their role is purely advisory and they will report their recommendations to the Library Collection Management Sub-Committee which will implement the library’s Collection Management Policy.
  4. Typically, Consultant Librarians will include writers, advanced practitioners, lecturers, publishers, antiquarians, as well as recognised representatives of religious, spiritual and esoteric societies and organisations represented in the collection.
  5. They will be invited to give advice on specific sections of the Library of Avalon’s collection by the Board of Trustees.
  6. They will advise on which books and other materials should be included in the collection.
  7. They will be invited to offer reviews of books in their section which may then be published by the library.
  8. They will be invited to take part in Symposia and other library events.
  9. They will be invited to donate towards the development of their sections.
  10. They will be invited to keep the library informed of important new events and publications in the fields covered by their sections.
  11. A list of Consultant Librarians will be published on the Library’s web site.

 

Job Description as presented to the Consultant Librarians

Consultant Librarians

  1. Will be kept informed of all titles presently in their chosen sections of the Library.
  2. Will be listed and acknowledged for their support and advice on the web site.
  3. Will be kept informed of and invited to all events held by the library.
  4. Will recommend titles for selection and de-selection so as to develop the collection as a source of relevant, appropriate, reliable, well-presented and up to date research and study material for novice and advanced students alike.
  5. Will make recommendations of titles so that the section they are responsible towards contains a broadly representative selection of works giving a balanced, unbiased, knowledgeable, insightful and inspiring view on the subject areas covered by the section, taking into account the Library’s overall focus and purpose.
  6. Will invited to keep the library informed of important new events and publications in the fields covered by their sections.
  7. Will be invited to offer reviews of important books and new books published in their field of interest for publication in the Library of Avalon’s Newsletter.
  8. Will be invited to develop key research paths for their sections suitable for novice and advanced students researching these areas, to be held at the library for use by members and visiting researchers.
  9. Will be invited to receive and respond helpfully to occasional research enquires regarding their field of expertise, forwarded to them by the library by e-mail.

MANAGING THE COLLECTION

The Collection Management Sub-Committee

  1. This Executive Sub-Committee administers the library’s Collection.
  2. It reports its activities regularly to the Board of Trustees at Executive Committee meetings.
  3. It is composed of at least three trustees and other volunteers appointed by the Board of Trustees.
  4. It is responsible for organising the selection, ordering, categorising, display, labelling, maintenance, de-selection and disposal of all materials within the collection.
  5. It will seek and take into consideration the advice of the Consultant Librarians regarding selection and de-selection of titles.
  6. It oversees the donation and selection protocol as outlined below.
  7. It will regularly produce a list of new additions to the collection for publication on the library website.
  8. It will oversee and produce a list of all titles that are de-selected and record their method of disposal and the income produced.
  9. It will produce a title wish list for publication on the library website based on recommendations of the Consultant Librarians and suggestions from the membership.

 

The donation/selection protocol of the library is to

  1. Accept any donation that has been given to the library.
  2. Sort into categories those that are within the library’s remit.

 

Any books without the library’s remit are either

  1. Removed and given to a charity shop.
  2. Offered for sale in the library.
  3. Offered to Courtyard Books in return for credit, which we then use to acquire books from that shop that are of interest to the library as and when they appear.

 

When a book is deemed to be within the remit of the library we check

  1. Whether it is a duplicate. And if so, whether its physical condition is better or worse than the copy we already have.
  2. Unwanted duplicates are either offered for sale or to Courtyard Books in return for credit.
  3. Those books that are accepted through this process are then categorised, listed, labelled and placed in the collection.
  4. Each title is then added to the newly acquired list which is regularly reviewed by the Collection Management Sub-Committee and published to the website.
  5. This list is also regularly sent to the Consultant Librarians to keep them informed of changes to their sections.

                                         

 

Loans to the library

  • In principle the Library does not accept individual book or financial loans.
  • Donors must be clearly advised when they make their donation, that all donated books become the property of the library and may be sold and disposed of as the Library sees fit.
  • The donor may request the return of books not accepted into the collection. (Accept or Return Donations)
  • Volunteer librarians must ensure these donations are clearly labelled as Accept or Return DonationsA.R.D. and that the contact details of the donor are properly taken and filed against the list of titles. The donors to be informed and collection of unwanted books arranged.
  • In very special circumstances the library may accept the opportunity to temporarily house a collection (accept a book loan). In this event clear legal agreements of limitations of responsibility must be agreed and signed so that the library is not responsible for the replacement of the collection in the event of damage or loss. The Trustees alone shall be able to agree such a loan acceptance at a committee meeting.

 

 

MANAGING THE COLLECTION

 

Defining the Subject Focus and Limits of the Collection

The Library of Avalon is a specialist library and does not attempt to ape a general public library, it therefore requires a collection development policy which defines the subject areas of interest and specialisation of the library’s collection.

 

The Core, Key, Associated and General Subject Categories Areas of The Library’s Collection.

 

Primary Core Specialist Subject Area Collection Categories

The library aims to hold as complete and comprehensive a collection as is possible of published works in these subject areas, including rare source material, such that we can claim to be a specialist library offering a comprehensive research and study platform for these areas.

Special Arthurian Collection, X (All X Section)  

Special Glastonbury Collection, W (All W Section)

Mythology Collection (British and other associated Mythology). Sections included; (RR British Mythology, RS Custom & Folklore, RB Mythology (General), RD Mythical Beasts, RZ Mythology and Present Practice, RC Gods/Goddesses, Heroes/Heroines)

           

 

Secondary Key Subject Area Collection Categories

These sections include those areas of interest described in the ALA constitution but not included in the Core Specialist Subject Area. Because of the vast number of published works in these areas we undertake only to hold a broadly representational collection of books in these areas such that our collection in these areas is suitable to support generalised and comparative research, limited academic study and esoteric practice.

Esoteric Knowledge Q   

Religion and Spirituality S, T & V

Psychology L & K

Mythology (world) R, RK Egypt, Mesopotamia, Phoenicia , RP Greece, Rome , RW Americas, RF Persia, India, China, Japan, Siberia, RX Oceania, Australia, New Zealand, Polynesia, RY Africa

Astrology M  

 

 

Tertiary Associated Subject Area Collection Categories

These sections include those subjects not specifically listed in the ALA constitution but which are practically associated with, and related to, our key subject areas. These include:

Earth Mysteries F    

Knowledge (Philosophy) P 

Healing Modalities J

History G  

 

 

Quaternary General Subject Area Collection Categories

These sections include those subject areas with no direct link to the core areas of interest of the library. The titles included in these sections should reference to our key and core subject areas. (For example titles in Human Products (fiction) should primarily reference either British Mythology, Glastonbury, spiritual or transformational processes etc.

Reference A 

The Universe B  

The Earth C 

The Environment D 

Human Affairs and Society H

Human Products N

 

 

 

Research, Reference, Pilgrim and Tourist Services

Book loans alone can not justify the large investment made annually into the library by volunteers, members and benefactors. It is important that we develop and use the resource of the library in a more creative and dynamic way.

In order to increase the use of the library and make it into more of a networking and educative centre worthy of the investment already made, we are always looking to develop more services for the membership, researchers, pilgrims and tourists.

 

Current and Proposed Services provided by the library to the various user groups

 

Members

  • Loaning up to six books for three weeks, renewable three times by phone.
  • Access to Recommended Reading Lists and Research Pathways to various subject categories created by our Consultant Librarians.
  • Access to advanced personal research support via e-mail from our team of Consultant Librarians contacted through the library.
  • Special rates on library reading room hire.
  • Reduced ticket price at symposia and other events run in and by the library.

Other Ideas worth considering:

  • Discounts arranged with Isle of Avalon/Pilgrims Centre/ Abbey, and interlibrary loaning with other libraries.
  • A Regular Library Newsletter with reviews on new and interesting books of relevance to the collection. Also news of symposia, lectures, talks, meetings and gatherings associated with Glastonbury and areas of interest to the library and its membership.
  • A full and current e-list of the book collection available through a drop box accessed by membership password.

 

Academic, Literary and Esoteric Researchers:

  • Specialist Collections with rare and original research material in the fields of Glastonbury, Arthur, British Mythology and Native British Religious Belief Systems, etc.
  • Access to Recommended Reading Lists and Research Pathways to various subject categories created by our Consultant Librarians.
  • At the cost of becoming a member also access to advanced personal research support via e-mail from our team of Consultant Librarians contacted through the Library.
  • Inter-library collaborative research support (through agreements and relationships to be developed with specialist libraries and the British Library) with a view to offering extended book lists and research facilities.
  • Wireless internet facilities and access to a computer terminal.
  • The opportunity to attend, give and participate in Library Symposia, Talks, Presentations, etc. with the provision of projector and other support material including video recording as required.

 

Pilgrims and Casual Tourists to Glastonbury and Avalon

  • Close pro-active co-operative working relationship with centres such as the Glastonbury Reception Centre, the Isle of Avalon Centre and the Goddess Centre, with an aim to provide literary and research support and a place for study associated with educational and personal development courses, workshops and groups held in these and other local places.
  • Reading Lists, Research Pathways and Printed Guides for subject areas of local interest, such as local pagan mythology or the local and general worship of the Goddess, the legends of Joseph of Arimathea and the early British Christian Church, the Arthurian and Grail legends and myths, esoteric subjects such as alchemy, and the popular healing modalities practiced and taught locally.
  • Printed illustrated guides, Reading Lists, and Maps:  printed guided tours of the area with reading lists and simple explanations of the development, meaning and connections between Glastonbury, Avalon and popular areas of interest such as the Tor, Abbey, Arthur, Grail, Fairies, The Goddess, Joseph of Arimathea, Ley Lines, etc.
  • Library of Avalon Merchandise: Maps, Mugs, Badges, Book Markers, etc.
  • The Opportunity to become a friend of the library and receive the library newsletter, etc.

 

 

CREATIVE LIBRARY PROJECTS

An important part of the Library of Avalon Renaissance will be the commitment to creative projects designed to

  • increase the participation of the Library in local community and educational events.
  • promote public awareness of the Library.
  • increase the number of visitors and library members.
  • enhance the experience of members, researchers and pilgrims and tourists.
  • provide income to the Library.

 

These include:

  • Developing and promoting our facilities as a venue for symposia, book launches and other appropriate events.
  • Running a series of symposia, lectures and other events with links to our book collection and purpose.
  • Producing a regular newsletter with reviews, news of relevant events and publications as well as the continually updated Library book wish list and titles for sale list.
  • Producing and selling various publications for tourists and pilgrims.
  • Producing and selling souvenir merchandise (mugs, pens and bookmarks).
  • Obtaining and displaying facsimile copies of important manuscripts originally housed in the famous Glastonbury Abbey Library.

 

Developing and promoting our facilities

as a special venue for symposia, book launches and other appropriate events.

  • Upgrade our facilities to include audio and visual presentation support equipment including projector and projection screen – possibly shared with the Isle of Avalon, to be hired for events at a small cost.
  • Promote the Library as a venue to local organisations and the public.
  • Actively liaising with local and visiting organisations holding spiritual development, healing and educational workshops and events in Glastonbury, with a view to supplying support in the form of research support, books and study space.

These activities can provide a financial income through rent and hire fees as well as publicising the Library.

 

Running a series of symposia, lectures and other events

with links to our book collection and purpose.

This is a creative activity that has been ongoing since the founding of the Library and will continue to develop as our publicity and popularity increase.

We hope that the participation by our Consultant Librarians will increase opportunities in this.

Symposia provide financial income through the sale of tickets to events and publicity opportunities as well as being an educative service..

 

Producing a regular newsletter

with reviews, news of relevant events and publications as well as the regularly updated Library book wish list and titles for sale list.

This monthly newsletter will be produced electronically and e-mailed to all members and friends of the Library as well as being available to download through an internet drop-box.

Hard copy printed newsletters can be posted to subscribers for an annual fee of £2 per issue including postage.

We would hope to include book reviews by members and consultant librarians as well as a books for sale list and a Library titles wish list.

This is primarily designed to add value to being a member or friend of the Library rather than being a direct source of income.

 

Producing and selling various publications for tourists and pilgrim

By setting up Library of Avalon Publications or Liber Sophia Publications

 

Gareth Mills has offered to develop a partnership with the Library such that the Library can raise income through the publication and sale of books published under its name.

These publications could include:

  • The facsimile reprint of first editions of publications now out of copyright. (such as Dion Fortune, Crowley )
  • Esoteric and Mythological Guides/Maps to Glastonbury and the Isle of Avalon (designed to be of interest to tourists, pilgrims and residents of Glastonbury).
  • A review of books, both factual and fictional associated with Glastonbury, Avalon and associated mythologies with reading lists and research pathways.

These last two types of publication could be the compiled writings of a number of the members of the Library, being developed and reprinted to order year after year.

The sale of these publications would provide a further stream of income to the Library.

 

Obtaining and Displaying Facsimile Copies of Glastonbury Abbey Manuscripts

We have started research into finding out what was in the medieval Library of Glastonbury Abbey and where those manuscripts are now, with a view to having facsimile copies made and brought back to Glastonbury. This is a long term project and we will be involving others in our quest to have facsimile copies of representative and important manuscripts made to display in our Library and perhaps at the Abbey.  I have been advised lately that we might successfully seek a lottery grant for this project and I am researching this further now.

 

This will provide a real opportunity for county-wide and even nation-wide publicity, with increased public awareness, increasing visitors and membership. Income will be increased as a result.

 

APPENDIX A

 

The Evolution of the Library’s Founding Purposes

A Historic Perspective

 

 

The Library of Avalon’s purpose as previously defined:

In the Avalon Library Association Foundation Appeal, dated 1989

A new library is being set up in Glastonbury to:

 

  1. Collate a unique archive of British Mythology
  2. Research our mythic traditions and increase our knowledge and understanding of native British culture.
  3. Operate as both a library of reference and lending.
  4. Facilitate the academic study of British Mythology as a subject in itself.
  5. Re-publish rare source material.
  6. Offer research services and opportunities to creative artists, academic institutions and the media.
  7. Organise symposia, conferences and workshops focused on our heritage of myths.

 

The Library of Avalon’s purpose as previously defined:

In the Avalon Library Association Constitution, dated 30th August 1991

the objects of the Association are defined as:

 

  1. To establish a collection of books, tapes, films and pictures within the defined subject areas of the Association.
  2. The defined subject areas are spirit, transformation and mythology with the emphasis on the traditions of Glastonbury and covering all aspects of the human search for truth.
  3. To arrange for the lending out of the above articles.
  4. To arrange seminars, symposia and workshops on the subjects covered by the library.
  5. To provide any other service within the defined subject areas that will help re-build Glastonbury as a great centre of learning.
  6. To use any surplus generated from the activities of the Association to further the work of the Association.
  7. To set up sound working and management practices to facilitate the implementation of the above objects, which are based upon the principles of co-operation, love, equality of opportunity in the search for truth and the active removal of all limitations imposed by sexism, ageism, racism, class, authoritarianism, hierarchy, patriarchy and discrimination on the grounds of appearance, ability, wealth and religion.

 

 

Commentary on these definitions

These two documents illustrate the different interests and purposes which guided the early founders of the library. Over the years the library has continued to develop in its own way as is natural and healthy in a living institution.

The membership of the Library is comprised of an extraordinarily diverse group of individually minded people with widely differing beliefs, interests and cultural backgrounds and this fact should be clearly recognised and honoured in the defining of policy and development goals.

 

This policy document sets out to define the principles, policies and systems which direct and govern the management and development of the library.

 

These two founding vision documents quoted above rightly form the basis for this Library Collection Development Policy.

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX B

 

 

The Collection IN 2014/15

The present collection of books is represented in appendix A and includes fully labelled pie charts reflecting the relative populations of the different sections, both before and after the flood. The chart below represents the pre and post flood collection – and the large pale white section is the lost books.

 

THE RELATIVE SIZES OF THE SUBJECT SECTIONS BEFORE AND AFTER THE FLOOD

The Library of Avalon’s collection consists of the following general categories. 

Numbers in black refer to pre-flood totals

The losses are numbered in red actual number lost and percentage of books in section lost.

 

There are 29 in A Reference – (e.g. Dictionaries and encyclopaedias)
There are 549 in B  The Universe – (e.g. Ufology – space – science)
There are 210 in  C The Earth  (e.g. life science – travel – nature)   lost  12  =  5.7%
There are 116 in D  The Environment (e.g. pollution- conservation – ecology – geography)  Lost  66 = 57%
There are 364 in F  Earth Mysteries (e.g.  mazes – crop circles – sacred wells – atlantis )
There are 578 in G History (e.g. ancient  archaeology local and world)   LOST = 71 = 12.3% (Britain 26)
There are 249 in H Human Affairs & Society (e.g. anthropology politics economics)
There are 1002 in J Healing Modalities (e.g. bio chem. chakra ,crystal, psychotherapy)  Lost = 59 = 5.9%
There are 1017 in  K L  Psychology  Lost   =  152 = 15%
There are 633 in M  Astrology  Lost  = 42 = 6.6%
There are 2215 in N Human Products – (e.g. (Science)fiction – music-  plays – arts)   Lost = 776 = 35%
There are 256 in P Knowledge (e.g. philosophy thinking communication)

There are 2817 in Q Esoteric knowledge (spirituality, occult kabbalah numerology, magic)  lost = 316 = 11%
There are 581 in R Mythology (local, European and world)   lost = 42 = 7.2%
There are 3270 in S T VReligion & Spirituality (local and world religions and  sects)  Lost = 442 = 13.5%
There are 501 in W Glasstonbury Special Collection   (Glastonbury –legends and history)  Lost = 208 =  41.5%
There are 648 in  X Y Arthur special Collection (Arthurian & Other)   lost = 174 = 27%

There are 15,035 in the book collection as listed here. Lost 2365 = 16%