I. COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT
The goal of the Manassas Park City Library (the “Library”) is to provide the citizens of Manassas Park with a range of materials in a variety of print and non-print formats to meet their informational, cultural, educational, and recreational needs and interests.
To meet this goal, the Library has developed procedures for selecting, evaluating, re-evaluating, and withdrawing materials. These procedures are intended to ensure that the collection reflects all points of view on current and historical issues, and that materials are available in diverse media formats.
The Library endeavors to provide a range of opinions, majority and minority, on all subjects, and does not exclude materials based on the author’s or producer’s point of view. The Library also attempts to avoid collections that reflect inordinate responsiveness to a single point of view.
Individual use of Library materials is a private and personal matter. All citizens are free to reject for themselves materials of which they may disapprove; no citizen may restrict the freedom of use and access for others. Responsibility for the reading, listening, and viewing of Library materials by minors’ rests with their parents or legal guardians, not with Library staff. Selection of Library materials is not inhibited by the possibility that materials may come into the possession of children.
Books and materials are selected according to intrinsic merit, subject treatment, community interest, and contribution to a balanced collection in the Library. No single standard of suitability can be applied in all cases. The volume and nature of requests for access to Library materials by members of the public is a significant factor in selection. Flexibility, open-mindedness, and responsiveness are exercised during the evaluation process. Materials are selected to present a variety of opinions on a subject and are judged as a whole rather than on isolated passages.
II. RECONSIDERATION OF MATERIALS
The Library welcomes expression of opinion by customers about the collection or individual titles, but will be governed by this Policy in making additions and deletions.
Patrons who request the reconsideration of Library materials will be asked to put their request in writing by completing and signing the Manassas Park City Library Request for Review of Library Materials.
After review, the Director, or designee, will communicate a decision and the reason for it, in writing, to the patron who initiated the request for reconsideration.
In the event that the patron who initiated the request is not satisfied with the decision, they can present a written appeal of the decision to the Director and the Manassas Park City Library Advisory Board. The Director and the Board will communicate a decision and the reason for it in writing.
The Library Advisory Board hereby endorses the American Library Association (ALA) Library Bill of Rights (Addendum B), the ALA Freedom to Read Statement (Addendum C), and the ALA Free Access to Minors Statement (Addendum D), and interprets these statements to include all Library materials regardless of format. Responsibility for the selection and removal of books and other Library materials resides with the Library Director, who may delegate that responsibility to Library staff.
Suggestions from the public regarding selection, retention, or reconsideration of materials are encouraged and reviewed promptly (Addendum A).
Library materials are owned by the City of Manassas Park. Outdated materials, books no longer of interest or in demand, and worn or damaged copies will be removed. Staff will make every effort to transfer unneeded items in usable condition to Library support groups, local community organizations, or a library vendor specializing in discards and donations from libraries that provide revenue in return for surplus materials. Unneeded items transferred to the ownership of a Library support group may be sold to benefit Library programs and services.