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Coordination in rare book acquisitions occurs on a unilateral basis when one librarian does not select certain books because a neighboring collection has extensive holdings in the same area. Few attempts, however, have been made to cooperate in rare book collection development on a multilateral basis whereby librarians jointly agree to select books in assigned subject areas. This article studies the characteristics of a multilateral cooperative selection program for small rare book collections and describes the success of such a program atdoi:10.5860/crl_46_02_160 fatcat:k3rm726sqvcljgpaoobceafwpy