Procedure for Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials

  1. After completed “Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials” form is received by the library, a committee consisting of the Library Director, the person who ordered the book (or whose subject area the book falls into), and a full-time staff member (whose name is drawn at random) will take the following steps:
    1. Each member will individually review the “Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials” form.
    2. Each member will individually read (view, etc.) the material in question in its entirety.
    3. Each member will individually consult journals, magazines, or newspapers for opinions on the material in question.
    4. The committee will hold a meeting to discuss the material in question and to express their feelings on it. This meeting shall be held within two months of the filing of the protest. The protester will be notified of this meeting and shall have the right to speak at that meeting.
    5. Following the meeting, each member will submit, in writing, his/her recommendations to the Library Director.
    6. The committee will meet again to discuss and consider the recommendations. A vote will be taken, and the majority will rule.
    7. During the duration of the committee’s work, the material in question will remain in the library collection and will be treated the same as other library material.
  1. If the library patrons is not satisfied with the decision of the committee, he/she may appeal the decision, in writing, to the Board President, who will refer it to an Appeals Committee. The Appeals Committee will consist of the Library Director, one of the other members of the original committee (drawn at random) and three Library Board members (drawn at random). This committee will take the following steps:
    1. Each member will individually review the “Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials” form.
    2. Each member will individually read (view, etc.) the material in question in its entirety.
    3. Each member will individually consult journals, magazines, or newspapers for opinions on the material in question.
    4. Each committee member will individually read the written recommendation of the original committee.
    5. The committee will hold a meeting to discuss the material in question and to express their feelings on it. This meeting shall be held within two months of the Board President receiving the appeal. The library patron will be notified of this meeting and shall have the right to speak at that meeting.
    6. Following the meeting, each committee member will submit, in writing, his/her recommendation to the Library Board President.
    7. The committee will meet again to discuss and consider the recommendations. A vote will be taken, and the majority will rule. The decision of the Appeals Committee will be final.
    8. During the duration of the committee’s work, the material in question will remain in the library collection and will be treated the same as other library material.

Adopted: 11/24/1981
Reconfirmed: 3/8/1995
Reconfirmed: 5/11/2000
Revised: 5/12/2005
Revised: 6/11/2009
Reconfirmed: 9/10/2013

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