Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials PDF
Those who object to the content of an item in the collection must submit a Request for Reconsideration of Library Material form. The request will be judged according to the Materials Selection Policy (attached) established by the library. All library users are encouraged to read the library’s Materials Selection Policy before submitting their request.
Copies of the Request for Reconsideration of Library Material form are available at the reference desk or from the director’s office. Online form available below.
For a request for reconsideration to be considered, the form must be completed in full. The director will respond in writing, within thirty days of receipt, to the patron’s request for reconsideration. The response will indicate the action to be taken and reasons for or against the request. An item will only be evaluated for reconsideration once in a twelve-month period. Access to challenged material shall not be restricted during the reconsideration process. Neither the Request for Reconsideration form nor its contents will be considered confidential.
The following procedure shall be followed upon receipt of a Request for Reconsideration of Library Material form:
- The director shall examine the challenged material, determine professional acceptance by reading critical reviews of the resource; weigh values and faults and form opinions based on the material as a whole rather than on passages or a section taken out of context; discuss the challenged item with the individual questioner when appropriate; decide whether the material conforms to the principles of selection outlined in the library’s Materials Selection Policy.
- The director shall prepare a written report. The report shall be discussed with the individual questioner if requested.
- The questioner shall have the right to appeal any decision of the director to the Board of Trustees as the final review panel.
- The board’s decision is final, unless instructed by a court to do otherwise.
Request for Reconsideration of Library Material Form
To assure prompt, complete consideration of your request complete this form as clearly as possible explaining the nature of your concern. Neither this document nor its contents will be considered confidential.