How are materials selected for the library?
What is the library policy on collection maintenance?
Click here to read our Collection Development Policy, updated Fall 2021
INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM POLICY
The St. Peter Public Library endorses the principles of the Freedom to Read Statement, the Freedom to View Statement, and the Library Bill of Rights adopted by the American Library Association. As proclaimed in the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution, freedom of expression, specifically the right to publish diverse opinions, is essential to the democratic form of government. A public institution committed to the principles of democracy and intellectual freedom, SPPL recognizes its obligation to provide as wide a spectrum of materials as possible.
Diverse points of view, including controversial and unorthodox subjects, are available in this collection. Inclusion in the collection does not imply library approval of or agreement with the contents. Library materials are not marked or identified to show approval or disapproval of the contents, nor are materials sequestered.
No restrictions are placed on what anyone may read, view, or listen to. Selection of materials to include in the collection will not be made on the basis of any anticipated approval or disapproval, but solely on the merits of the material in relation to building the collection and to serving the needs and the interests of all users.
Individuals or groups may occasionally question the inclusion of an item in the collection because of fear or doubt about the effects of the material on impressionable persons. Although the Library understands this concern, it is the Library’s position that the risk to society is far greater if public access to ideas and information is restricted. While anyone is free to select or reject materials for themselves or their own minor children or wards, the values of one will not be imposed on the many. Parents and legal guardians have the responsibility for their child's or ward’s use of library materials.
The Library is opposed to the removal from its shelves, at the request of any individual or group, materials that have been chosen or administered according to the collection development policy.
Policy for Reconsideration of Library Materials
The St. Peter Public Library will provide the opportunity to request reconsideration of library materials. No library material will be removed from the shelf until such request is acted upon and a decision is reached.
- The complainant must complete and sign a Request for Reconsideration of Library Material.
- The Library Supervisor will acknowledge the complaint in writing to the complainant within ten (10) business days.
- The Library Supervisor will submit the completed form to a committee composed of the Supervisor and other qualified staff members appointed at the discretion of the Supervisor. This committee shall reach a decision within one month of receipt of the complaint.
- If the complainant is not satisfied with the findings of the committee, an appeal may be made to the Library Board at its next meeting. The decision of the Library Board is final.