Intellectual Freedom Statement

Collins Memorial Library advocates full intellectual freedom as fundamental to the educational process.

Where there is controversy or disagreement concerning the truth of particular ideas, issues, or beliefs, Collins Memorial Library will attempt to provide a diverse selection of sources encompassing the major views. To this end, materials will be collected that offer a wide spectrum of ideas, opinions, and information, regardless of the popularity of the viewpoints expressed in these materials. The library supports the American Library Association Library Bill of Rights (see Appendix A) and Freedom To Read Statement (see Appendix B).

Challenged Materials

Challenged materials which meet the criteria for selection in the selection policy of the library should not be removed under any legal extralegal pressure. The Library Bill of Rights ( see Appendix A) states in Article 1 that “Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation,” and in Article 2, that “Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.” The Collection Development Coordinator, with the advice of the Library Director, is responsible for responding to all questions concerning the propriety of specific materials in the library collection. Persistent criticisms from persons or groups may be referred to the Library, Media, and Computing Committee.