9.000 Materials Selection Policy


The Library will adhere to the tenets set forth in the American Library Association’s  Freedom to Read Statement and the Library Bill of Rights.

Responsibility for the selection of Library materials and for the development of the collection is delegated by the Board of Trustees to the Library Director.

Materials no longer useful are to be withdrawn systematically from the collection, according to accepted professional practices. Such material may be given to the Friends of the Keene Public Library for its annual book sale or disposed of at the discretion of the Director and/or the Board of Trustees.

In the event that a patron objects to a specific item in the collection, the patron will be asked to complete a written complaint form. See Appendix for a copy of the Request for Reconsideration Form. This form will be reviewed by the Board of Trustees at its next regularly-scheduled meeting. The patron filing the complaint will receive a written reply within ten days.


Disposition of Historical Materials.

Primary source materials of local historical significance will be donated to the Historical Society of Cheshire County so that they may be properly handled and preserved. Because these are archival materials, if the Historical Society of Cheshire County does not accept them, they will be offered to institutions which can provide appropriate care.

Materials of state or regional historical significance will be donated to appropriate agencies, such as the New Hampshire Historical Society. A comprehensive list of such agencies will be compiled and the agencies contacted in a priority order. If these agencies decline acceptance of these materials, they will be handled in accordance with the Material Selection Policy (See Policy 9.001).