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Materials Selection Policy

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The Anne Arundel County Public Library (“the Library”) selects materials in various formats, to meet the informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs of all the residents of Anne Arundel County. The Library Collection is user-oriented and open for use by all Library customers.

The American Library Association has developed three statements of principles related to materials selection: the Freedom to Read Statement, the Freedom to View Statement, and the ALA Bill of Rights. The Library Board of Trustees has adopted these principles and they are incorporated herein by reference.

The ultimate responsibility for selection of materials rests with the Chief Executive Officer who operates within the framework of policies approved by the Library Board of Trustees, the governing body of the library system.

Materials are selected on a basis of quality of content and community interest to represent a wide range of information, views and ideas. The Library recognizes the diversity of community interests and needs. Materials are purchased to serve these interests and needs. Selection of any particular item for the Collection does not represent the Library’s endorsement of any opinion, belief, philosophy, or precept. An item that meets selection criteria will not be removed from nor sequestered within the Collection solely because it represents a particular opinion, belief, or philosophy.

The Library affirms and supports its customers’ freedom and responsibility to choose library materials for use according to their needs, individual tastes, or family values. Customers apply those values to the use of library materials only for themselves and may not restrict nor interfere with other customers’ freedom to read, listen to, or view materials in any way. The Library does not assume the parental responsibility for children’s choices of library materials.

Materials are purchased to meet current demand. The Collection is continually assessed to ensure it remains relevant to the needs of Library customers.

Reference and other non-circulating materials are selected for general information needs and interests, not specialized research. Specialized materials collected by other libraries may be accessible to Library customers via the Maryland Interlibrary Organization and through other referrals.

The Library welcomes and considers suggestions for materials purchase, evaluation, or retention.

Maryland and Local Interest Materials

The Library selects and maintains descriptive and historical materials concerning Maryland, especially Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. The primary aim is general community interest, not specialized research. Such special materials are collected by other institutions such as the Hall of Records, the Maryland Historical Society, the State Law Library, the Enoch Pratt Free Library, and others. Referrals may be made to these other resources. Local authors are included in this special collection when the works’ subject matter pertains to Maryland.

Revision approved by Anne Arundel County Library Board of Trustees - December 15, 2016