Collection Policy

Revised and Approved 11/29/2011


Section 1

The end responsibility for material selection, as well as for all library activities, rests with the Director, who operates within the framework of policies determined by the Library Board. The following guidelines are considered in the selection process; however, an item need not meet all of the criteria in order to be acceptable.


Section 2

Criteria for the collection.

  1. Relevance to community interests and needs, and suited to the recreational nature of this library.
  2. Expressed public demand.
  3. Current usefulness of permanent value.
  4. Opinions of critics, reviewers, director, library Board and general public.
  5. Reputation and /or significance of author.
  6. Statement of challenging or original point of view.
  7. Relation to existing collection

8.   Quality in content, format, and binding.

9.  Availability of materials in the subject area.

10. Budgetary and space considerations.


Section 3

Scope of the collection: The library does not generally purchase certain classes of books and printed materials as a matter of policy. These include:

1. Expensive editions.

2. Collector’s items

3. Textbooks or materials for school assignments

4. Sectarian or religious dogmatic or specialized doctrinal works


Section 4

Maintaining the collection: Books may be repaired or rebound if the physical condition warrants; items which are obsolete or not repairable will be disposed of appropriately.


Section 5

Interlibrary Loan: Because of limited budget and space, the library cannot provide all materials that are requested. Therefore, interlibrary loan is used to obtain from other libraries those materials that are beyond the scope of this library.


Section 6

Weeding/Culling: An up-to-date, attractive and useful collection is maintained through a continual discarding and replacing process. Replacement of worn volumes is dependent upon current demand, usefulness, more recent acquisitions and availability of newer editions. Weeding is the responsibility of the Library Director.


Section 7

Problem areas:

1. The Albion Municipal Library recognizes that some materials are controversial and that any given item may offend some patrons. Selection materials will not be made on the basis of

anticipated approval or disapproval, but solely on the basis of the principles stated in this policy.

2. Responsibility for the reading of children rests with their parents or legal guardians. Selections of library materials will not inhibited by the possibility that materials may come into the possession of children.

3. Library materials will not be marked or identified to show approval or disapproval of their contents, and no library material will be sequestered to protect it from injury or theft.


Section 8

Challenged Materials: In the event that a patron of the Albion Municipal Library complains about a book or any type of material that is a part of the permanent collection of the library, the following procedure is to be followed. All complaints are to be taken seriously and the utmost courtesy will be extended to the complainant.

1. The patron will be asked to complete the Challenged material form and submit it to an Albion Municipal Library staff member.

2. The staff member must immediately sign and date the form. The staff member must then save the original for the Library Director and give a copy of the form to the patron.

3. The Library Director will then arrange an interview with the patron who filed the complaint as soon as possible. During the interview, the Director will give the complainant a copy of the Albion Library selection policy, the American Library Association’s Bill of Rights, and the Right to Read statement.

4. If the patron is not satisfied with the interview with the Director, he/she may request a public hearing with the Albion Library Board Trustees.

5. Any decision made by the Board of Trustees following the interview and/or hearing will be final.