Prospect Heights Public Library District
Materials Selection Policy
Approved March 25, 2015
Principles of Selection
Library materials will be chosen based on their potential to serve the recreational and educational needs of the community, as far as community surveys, library patron requests, circulation records and the Library’s long term plan can determine these needs.
Since the Library is a public institution with limited resources, it is important that materials be selected carefully and judiciously, taking into account such factors as anticipated or existing patron demand, reputation and skill of the author, existing holdings in the subject area, reviews in established review media, availability of the materials from other sources, and price.
While it is appropriate for a library to excel in one or more subjects, the collection as a whole must be planned so that all subject areas are adequately developed through sound selection practices. Due to staff and funding limitations, materials of a highly technical or professional nature cannot be systematically acquired. Materials outside the scope of the library’s collection may be obtained through interlibrary loan.
The public library serves a diverse community, and selection of materials cannot benefit from one group to the exclusion of others. While recognizing an obligation to encourage reading and library use among students, the Prospect Heights Public Library does not routinely purchase curriculum-oriented materials that are more appropriately found in school libraries.
Free Access to Library Materials
Selection guidelines do not guarantee that each item purchased for the Library’s collection is suitable for each person who may choose to select it. Young people under the age of 18 have free access to materials from the adult collection, and parents may choose to advise their children in making an appropriate selection.
Persons Selecting Library Materials
Responsibility for this Policy rests with the Library Board of Trustees. Implementation of the Policy is delegated by the Board to the Executive Director and staff who will abide by the Library’s collection development procedures governing the selection, acquisition and weeding of library materials of all formats.
Objections to Selected Materials
Any resident or taxpayer of the Prospect Heights Public Library District has the right to question the inclusion or exclusion of any title by completing and submitting a Library Materials Complaint form. This form may be obtained from any of the Library’s service desks or through the Library’s website. The Executive Director will study the complaint and reply with her/his decision. The Executive Director will inform the Board president of the complaint and response within one week. If further review is requested by the
patron the complaint may be brought before the Board of Trustees at a regularly scheduled meeting. However, until a decision is reached, no removal or restriction shall take place. Final authority for the removal or restriction of a title rests with the Board of Trustees.
Since all political, religious, and social opinions should be represented in a public library, no group or individual will be permitted to impose a partisan emphasis upon the library’s collection. Frankness of language, a widespread and contemporary phenomenon, will never, in itself be considered sufficient justification to remove or restrict library materials.
Donations from library patrons are gratefully received. If accepted, the donated items become the unrestricted property of the Prospect Heights Public Library District and may be disposed of in various ways at the discretion of the Executive Director in accordance with Illinois statutes. The Library does not provide appraisals of donated items. The Library will provide a receipt to serve as proof of donation.
Intellectual Freedom Statements
The Board of Trustees of Prospect Heights Public Library District endorses and promotes the American Library Association in the following statements:
A. Library Bill of Rights
B. Freedom to Read
C. Freedom to View