Book Selection Policy
Book and Material Selection Policy
The selection of materials in a variety of formats that will meet the cultural, educational and information needs of the Cumberland County Library System’s customers and community residents is an essential core activity of the library system. Library system staff regularly evaluate its collections as well as the community’s needs, building upon the resources of each library and striving to develop each library’s collection within the limitations of space and budgets.
The Cumberland County Library System endorses the Library Bill of Rights (American Library Association), the Freedom to Read statement (American Library Association and American Book Publishers Council), and the Freedom to View statement (American Film and Video Association). For the purpose of this policy, these statements are extended to include library materials and electronic resources, in print or non-print formats.
The Cumberland County Library System recognizes that many ideas are controversial and affirms its obligation to provide materials representing various points of view on current issues, trends, and controversies. The library system does not endorse particular beliefs or views, nor does the selection of an item express or imply an endorsement of the author's viewpoint. Further, library materials will not be marked or identified to show approval or disapproval of the contents, nor will items be sequestered, except for the purpose of protecting them from damage or theft.
The Cumberland County Library System does not restrict access to library services, materials, or facilities based on the age of its library customers. Parents and guardians have the sole responsibility and right to guide their own child’s use of the library and its resources. Collections are separated into varying age levels (children’s, teen and adult) and formats for the convenience of its customers’ use.
This policy is subject to change at any time without notice. Updates to the policy may be obtained from the Library System.
Page reviewed January 7, 2013