Policy Regarding Selection Of Materials

The selection of library materials will be based on the Library's mission to meet the educational, informational, and recreational tastes and needs of the community and its citizens. Funding for library materials should not fall below 20% of the Library's annual total expenditure.

  1. The Library will develop collections of merit and significance, whether acquired by purchase or by gift. Each item of material will be considered in terms of its value to the collection and the audience for whom it is intended. Reading and language abilities of the citizens will be considered.
  2. Materials to be evaluated may include a variety of currently appropriate formats. These will include a variety of books for young people and adults, in hardcover and paperback editions; financial services, database services, access to the Internet, large print books, periodicals, newspapers, recorded books, compact discs, videocassettes, films, audiotapes, microforms, maps. The Library provides equipment to access these materials for people with disabilities and to maintain these collections.
  3. Materials will be evaluated according to objective standards. Flexibility, open-mindedness and responsiveness are required in the evaluation process. Consideration will be given to expanding knowledge, changing social values, technological advances, and cultural and language differences where appropriate. As growth and change occur in these areas, the Library will re-evaluate materials which were not acquired.
  4. Some materials may be judged primarily in terms of artistic merit, scholarship or their value as human documents; others will be selected to satisfy recreational and entertainment needs.
  5. Different viewpoints on controversial issues will be acquired, including those which may have unpopular or unorthodox positions. The Library recognizes that those materials which offend, shock or bore one reader may be considered pleasing, meaningful or significant by another.
  6. To avoid unnecessary duplication, consideration will be given to materials available to the public through other area libraries and community agencies.
  7. All the Library's circulating collections will be accessible to all borrowers, regardless of branch location, through an efficient reserves system. Materials the Library has not selected may be able to be borrowed from other libraries nationwide through interlibrary loan.
  8. Recognizing that a materials selection policy can result in complaints from the public who may not understand the reasons why certain items have been included or excluded in the collection, the Library has procedures for reconsideration of the item in question (Policy S). Any patron has the right to question the purchase of an item for the library collection.
  9. The Library Board of Trustees supports these American Library Association documents: Library Bill of Rights 12, Freedom to Read Statement 13, and Free Access to Libraries for Minors 14.

12 Library Bill of Rights, Addendum 12
13 Freedom to Read Statement, Addendum 13
14 Free Access to Libraries for Minors, Addendum 14


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