The selection of materials will be governed by the Mission statement and support the library’s areas of emphasis. To enable citizens to form their own opinions, the library will attempt to provide materials that present a variety of points of view. Due to the vast number of titles published and the limits of the library’s budget, Glen Ellyn Public Library cannot possibly purchase all materials published. Materials will be selected with consideration of the following factors.
- Interest to cardholders
- Materials as “news”
- Readability and style
- Popularity of the author
- Authenticity of the information
- Authority of the author
- Physical features and formats
- Copyright date of the material
Opinions and judgments of experts, as well as of qualified book reviewers in library selection guides and national magazines, will provide a basis for selection.
Curriculum materials are the responsibility of the school systems. Glen Ellyn Public Library may supplement the school libraries but will not assume the responsibilities that rightfully belong to the school. It is not the purpose of the public library collection to take the place of the elementary or high school library.
Selection policies related to specific collections are included in the Collection Development Guidelines.
Requests for withdrawal or restriction of access to any library material shall be referred to the director of the department in which the material is located. If a discussion with the department director does not result in a satisfactory outcome, they should be referred to the Library Director.
In the event that a discussion with the Library Director does not produce a satisfactory outcome, and the person wishes to pursue the complaint, the person will be required to present the request for reconsideration of the material on the form provided by the library (Appendix F: Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials). The Library Director shall then bring the matter to the Board of Trustees for its consideration. The library Board will formally notify the person as to their action on the request.
Completion and signing of this form identifies a person with specific library materials. As such, the information provided in completing the form will be kept confidential by Glen Ellyn Public Library.
The determination of the library Board shall be final.
An up-to-date, attractive, and currently useful collection is maintained through a continual discarding and replacement process. Materials may be discarded when they have outlived their usefulness through one or more of the following factors.
- Physical deterioration
- Obsolete information
- Publication of superior materials on the same subject
- Lack of use
Additional Weeding criteria are listed in Appendix G: Collection Development Plan.