Materials Policy

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All responsibility for a well-rounded collection rests with the Library Director and the professional staff. Materials chosen shall meet principles set by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; the Library Bill of Rights, adopted by the American Library Association; the Freedom to Read Statement, adopted by the American Library Association and the American Book Publishers Council; and the People’s Right to Libraries Statement, adopted by the New Jersey Library Association.

The selection of materials is targeted to meeting the needs and interests of the community. The Library’s main function is to provide books and materials for all ages and reading levels and is able to draw on the resources of the Monmouth County Library System.

Professional staff will use recognized collection tools such as Library Journal, New York Times Book Review and Booklist for purchasing new materials. Good judgment is the keystone for the ultimate addition of any new purchase.

Textbooks are not and will not be a part of usual purchases. Requests for purchases of current materials may be made to the Library Director. Requests will be considered using professional selection standards.

Censorship is a matter of individual decisions. Every patron has the right to accept or reject material for personal use and does not have the right to restrict it for others. In the case of children, appropriate choices are solely the responsibility of the parents. Librarians cannot assume the private relationship role between parent and child.

Last Updated On December 19, 2018