Adopted June 28, 2001, Revised August 17, 2006; February 23, 2012
The Board of Trustees, recognizing the various backgrounds and needs of our citizens, in terms of race, creed, and political persuasion, declares as a matter of book selection policy that:
- Selection of books and/or other library material is invested in the Director and such members of the professional staff who are qualified by reason of education and training. Any library material so selected shall be held to have been approved by the Board of Trustees. The removal of books shall also be done by the Director or designees with the approval of, and under the authority of, the Board.
- Selection of library materials shall be made on the basis of the interests, informational needs, and enlightenment of all people of the community. No book and/or library material shall be excluded because of the race, creed, nationality, or political or social views of the author.
- Responsibility for reading and the use of the library by children rests with their parents or legal guardians. All library cards for children 14 and under require a parent or guardian’s signature accepting this responsibility. At no time will library staff act in loco parentis. Selection of library materials will not be inhibited by the possibility that they may come into the possession of children.
- Within the limits of our budget, every effort shall be made to maintain a collection of high quality materials that represent a variety of points of view.
- Children’s books shall be selected on the recommendation of the Children’s Services Librarian, with the final approval of the Director.
- The library recognizes that some materials are controversial and that any given item may offend some patrons. Selection of materials will not be made on the basis of anticipated approval or disapproval but solely on the basis of the principles set forth in this policy.
- The Board believes that censorship should be primarily an individual and personal matter, and declare that while anyone is free to reject for himself any book and/or library material of which he does not approve, he cannot exercise this right of censorship to restrict the freedom of another to read.
- When library material is the subject of complaint, the complainant should complete the “Request for Reconsideration of Library Material” form. The library material and the completed form are then referred to the Director for review. A review procedure will follow. The Director will report the outcome of the review to the complainant in a timely manner. If the complainant is not satisfied, he may request it to be reviewed by a committee of the Director, one staff member and two board members. If the complainant is not satisfied, he may request that the Library Board review the request. Any decision of the Library Board of Trustees will be final.
- Library materials will not be marked or identified to show approval or disapproval of their contents.
- The Board recognizes that laws governing obscenity, subversive material, and other questionable matters are subject to interpretation by the Courts.
- The Board declares that the reading preferences of each individual are a private matter and that the information regarding these preferences may not be given out to a third party.
- The Board declares that it adopts and will support and be guided by The Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read Statement.
Public Services -- Core Values
- Provide convenient, personalized, non-judgmental service.
- Preserve the confidentiality of patrons and their records.
- Offer programs that are educational, entertaining, and meet the specific needs of local residents of all ages.
- Be a physically attractive community library where the public can come for high-interest materials and information for lifelong learning.
- Support the Library’s Mission Statement.
- Maintain a Collection Development Policy that supports intellectual freedom.
- Encourage staff, board, volunteers, and community to work as a team to maintain outstanding library service.