Almont District Library

Material Selection Policy

As of 12/13/2022, the following policies outline the guidelines the Almont District Library uses to add, retain, or withdraw material in our collection:


Almont District Library

I. Purpose:

The purpose of the Material Selection Policy is to set broad guidelines in order to assemble, preserve, organize, administer and promote the use of a wide range of communication media and to inform the public about the principles upon which selections are made. These functions are undertaken to further the objectives of the Almont District Library.

II. Definitions:

The term "Library Materials" means books, magazines, DVDs, CDs or other synonyms as they may occur in the policy having the widest possible meaning. This statement of policy applies to all Library Materials in the collection, including adult, young adult, and juvenile. However, this policy and the term "Library Materials" does not apply to Internet sites available through the Library's computers or Internet collection. The Library has no control over the content of the Internet. Please see the Internet Use Policy for any issues related to computer or Internet Use.

The term "selection" refers to the decision to add, retain, or withdraw material in the collection. It does not refer to reader guidance.

III. Goals of Materials Selection:

A. To meet the individual's need for information through maintenance of a well-balanced and broad collection of materials for information, reference and research

B. To help the individual attain maximum self-development through life-long intellectual and cultural growth.

C. To support the democratic process by providing materials for the education and enlightenment of the community.

D. To assist individuals in their pursuit of occupational activity and practical affairs

E. To provide diverse recreational experience for individuals and groups

F. To assist institutions of formal education with services that will assist individual study. 

G. To maintain Michigan and local history collections 

IV. Responsibility for Selection:

The responsibility for selection lies with the professional staff of the Library. That staff operates within the areas of service to children, young adults, and adults. Both the general public and staff members may recommend materials for consideration. The ultimate responsibility for book selection, however, rests with the Library Director who operates within the framework of policies determined by the Library Board of Trustees. The Director shall be responsible for ensuring that the funds budgeted for collection development are allocated appropriately depending upon the needs of the Library and the fulfillment of the above Goals of Material Selection.

V. General Principles:

A. Selection of Library Materials is based on the relationship of such work to the needs, interests, and demands of the community. Basic to this policy is the Library Bills of Rights, Interpretations of the Library Bill of Rights, The Freedom to Read Statement and The Freedom to View Statement of the American Library Association to which this Library subscribes.

Selection is not made on the basis of anticipated approval or disapproval by patrons or Library users, but solely on the merits of a work, without regard to the race, nationality, political or religious view of the writer.

B. Responsibility for the reading matter of children rests with their parents or legal guardians. Selection shall not be inhibited solely by the possibility that books may inadvertently come into the possession of children.

The Library respects each individual parent's right to supervise their children's choice of reading materials. However, the Library does not have the right to act in loco parentis (in place of the parent). Therefore, a parent who chooses to restrict the materials his children select must accompany those children when they use the collection in order to impose those restrictions.

C. Further, Library Materials will not be marked or identified to show approval or disapproval of contents, and no catalogued book or other item will be sequestered, except for express purpose of protecting it from injury or theft.

D. It is the responsibility of the Library to provide circulating, reference and research materials for the general public and student based on the services it is expected to perform. 


VI. Specific Principles for Selection 

The following principles, individually, or collectively, will prevail in the selection of all Library Materials. The total collection will attempt to represent opposing points of view.

• Contemporary significance or permanent value

• Accuracy

• Lack of bias, factual

• Diversity of viewpoint

• Portrays issues sensitively

• Authority of author

• Relation of work to existing collection

• Price, format, and ease of use

• Scarcity of information in subject area

• Available shelf or storage space

•Availability of material through inter-library loan

• Popular demand: The Library will make an effort to have materials available which are in high demand by the public; however, selections by popular demand will still be guided by consideration of merit, use, and the specific principles for selection.

• Duplication of materials already in the collection; e. purchase of additional copies of materials, shall be governed by intrinsic or historical value, or immediate need.

• Collection objectives

• Community relevance

• Audience for material       

VII. Gifts:

Acceptance of gifts shall be governed by the same principles and criteria applied to the selection of items for purchase. Gifts of books or other materials which do not comply with the Library's objectives and policies will be refused. No conditions may be imposed relating to any item either prior to or after its acceptance by the Library. All gifts and donated materials (including works of local authors) become the property of the Library. The manner of disposition of any materials which are not added to the collection will be decided by the Library.

VIII.     Maintenance of the Collection:

The collection shall be periodically examined for the purpose of eliminating obsolete, damaged, duplicate, or unneeded materials, and for binding or repair of materials, in order to maintain a balanced, attractive, and useful Library Materials collection.

IX. Challenges to Materials:

No materials shall be removed from the Library's collection until all steps in the following process have been completed.

A. Patrons who object to particular Library Materials will be sent to the 

B. The Director will discuss the Library Material(s) in question with the patron, attempting to resolve the concern to both the patron's and Library's satisfaction.

C. If the patron wishes to carry the request further, the Director will provide the patron with a copy of the Materials Selection Policy, including the Request for Reconsideration of Library

 D. Once a completed, signed copy of the Request for Reconsideration is received, the Library Director shall make a decision regarding the Request, taking into consideration the Library's Materials Selection Policy and any other relevant information to reach a The Director may consult with any other staff or consultants when making this decision.

 E. The Library Director shall send the decision in writing to the complainant within seventy-five (75) days of the receipt of the completed Request of Reconsideration form. If the decision is that the questioned material should be removed from the collection, the complainant will be notified in writing by the Library Director and all copies of the item will be withdrawn. If the decision is that the questioned material is to be retained, the complainant will be notified in writing by the Library Director that the material will be retained.

 F. A written appeal of the Library Director's decision may be made by the requester to the President of the Library Board within ten (10) business days after the written decision is made by the Library Director. The Library Board will review any documentation it deems necessary to make a decision and render their decision within sixty (60) days of the receipt of the appeal.

Material under question will remain active in circulation during the review process.

X. Revision of this Policy:

This Policy shall be reviewed and revised to be consistent with the objectives of the Library.

Adopted 12/13/2022