Materials Selection and Access Policy
Revised January 2000
The Solano County Library offers professional, innovative, cost-effective service by providing library materials, resources, information, entertainment, and life-long learning opportunities to enrich the lives of the people of Solano County.
The Solano County Library provides public library service to people of all ages in a variety of communities of differing interests and concerns. This policy sets guidelines used by the Solano County Library for the selection, access and placement of books, nonprint formats and other materials in its libraries.
General Selection Factors
Four factors govern the selection of materials for the library:
Adherence to the American Library Association’s, Freedom to Read Statement, Library Bill of Rights and the various interpretations to the Library Bill of Rights such as The Universal Right to Free Expression, Statement on Labeling, Free Access to Libraries for Minors and Access for Children and Young People to Videotapes and other Nonprint Formats
Principles of Selection
- The Solano County Library obtains, organizes, and makes available materials which record the thought, expression, knowledge, and opinion of all peoples, which provide information about one’s work, community, the world, and one’s place in it, and which serve the recreational needs of the community.
Materials must be measured by a number of criteria. The basic test for selection of any item is whether it is of proven or potential interest to the people served. Secondary considerations include:
- availability and cost of the item
- amount of similar material already in the collection
extent to which the materials may be available elsewhere in the community or the Solano, Napa, & Partners (SNAP) library consortium
physical format of the material
attention by critics and/or reviewers
local interest or demand
In choosing materials to suit a variety of tastes, differing viewpoints are included. The Library recognizes that some materials chosen may be offensive, shocking, or of no interest to some library users, but may be meaningful and significant to others. It is understood and emphasized that the library does not endorse opinions expressed in the materials that are collected.
Responsibility for Selection
Access to Library Materials
Placement of Library Materials
- age level
- assigned subject classification
- physical format
- susceptibility to loss or damage
- rarity or cost
Items are withdrawn from the collection for several reasons, among them: when they are no longer needed, when their information has become obsolete, or when they are physically worn and not usable.
Donations of materials or funds to enrich the Library collection are welcome. Donated items must meet the same selection criteria as purchased materials. All gifts are evaluated by library staff as to format, condition, quality, and content. No conditions may be placed on gifts by the donor. Funds may be donated for the purchase of materials; however Library staff select the materials. The Library reserves the right to make the final decision on the use or disposition of gifts of materials.
Approved by the Board of Supervisors
County of Solano
State of California
January 4, 2000
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