Library materials (print and non-print) shall be chosen on the basis of their value in terms of interest, information and enlightenment of all people of our community. No library material shall be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation. Library materials should be of sound factual authority and may represent all points of view concerning the problems and issues of our times. Materials for individuals of varying ages, educational levels and interest should be acquired.
The authority and responsibility for the selection of library materials are delegated by the Library Board to the library director and, under his or her direction, to staff members who are qualified for this activity.
No employee may be disciplined or dismissed for the selection of library materials when the selection is made in good faith and in accordance of the written policy. Suggestions from patrons are welcome and will be considered using the same criteria as all other selections.
Library materials will be selected in a variety of formats including, but not limited to, print, video, sound recording and electronic media. Each type of material must be considered in terms of its own excellence and the audience for whom it is intended. No single standard can be applied in all cases. Some materials may be judged primarily in terms of artistic merit, scholarship, or value to humanity; while others are selected to satisfy the informational, recreational, or educational interests of the community. Among elements that may be considered in purchase of materials are accuracy, comprehensiveness, scientific or literary merit, artistic repute, currency, entertainment value and human interest.
Reviews in professionally recognized periodicals are a primary source for materials selection. Standard bibliographies, indexes, book lists by recognized authorities, including best seller lists, and the advice of competent people in specific subject areas also may be used.
Kingston Library endeavors to build a collection representing varying points of view. The choice of library materials by users is an individual matter. Responsibility for the reading materials children and adolescents rests with their parents or legal guardians. While a person may reject materials for himself or herself and for his or her children, he or she cannot exercise censorship to restrict access to the materials by others.
Suggestions from the community about items for purchase are encouraged, but must meet selection criteria.