Material Selection


A. Philosophy:

The objective of our Community Library is to provide selected materials, both printed and non-printed, with the limitations of space and budget, which will aid individuals of all age levels in the pursuit of education and the use of leisure time.

B. Materials Selection Criteria: The Library Director under the guidance of the Board of Trustees will use the following criteria.

 1. Importance of subject matter to collection

2. Permanent or timely value

3. Popular appeal

4. Reliability and reputation of the Author, Publisher and Illustrator.

5. Inclusion in professional book review sources such as Kirkus, Booklist,  Library Journal, etc.

6. Historical value

7. Scarcity of material

8.   Price

C. Gifts and Memorials:

Gifts of books and other materials are accepted, but the Library reserves the right to evaluate and dispose of them in accordance with its selection policy.

The Library does not appraise gifts. Cash gifts for the purchase of memorial materials are welcome and selection of material will be made by the Library Director in consultation with the donor. Such material may be identified with a Memorial Plate.

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D.   Controversial Material:

Any individual may reject materials for themselves but may not restrict the freedom of others to read. Whenever library materials are challenged, it will be reexamined by the Library Director and, when necessary, referred to the Board of Trustees to determine if the material meets the materials selection criteria.

  1. The following procedure will be followed:
  1. Provide a form “Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials”  to submit a formal complaint.
  1. Complaints and/or objections to library materials will be considered in terms of the library’s materials selection criteria, the principles of the Library Bill of Rights, the Freedom to Read Statement, and the opinions of the reviewing source(s) used in selection.
  1. The complaints, and/or objections, will be forwarded to the Library Director and a meeting arranged. The Library Board of Trustees will be notified of the facts.
  1. If the complainant still feels that the problem has been dealt with inadequately, a final appeal to the Board of Trustees will be made. The Library Director will notify and inform the Board of Trustees of the details of the case.
  1. Determination by the Board of Trustees is final.
  1. Children’s reading is the responsibility of the parents or legal guardian.

Selection cannot be restricted by the possibility that controversial material may come into the possession of children or teens.

E. Requests for Consideration:

The Library welcomes recommendations for purchase of materials not in the collection, (suggested in writing by groups or individuals), and gives consideration for purchase in accordance with selection policy.

F. Weeding:

Systematic withdrawal of lost, damaged, worn or outdated materials, which are no longer useful in maintaining an active, accurate collection, is expected.

G. Freedom of Information:

The basic principles set forth in the American Library Association’s publications, The Freedom to Read and the Library Bill of Rights (1960) shall be considered a reference part of this policy