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Reconsideration of Library Materials

Library patrons may nominate books or other materials to be either added to or removed from the collection. The Fauquier County Public Library Board supports intellectual freedom and subscribes to the principles of the American Library Association Library Bill of Rights. The library staff applies the criteria described in the Library Bill of Rights and its adopted Materials Selection Policy to provide books and materials that reflect the diversity of viewpoints within the community.

The Library Board recognizes that individuals may question library materials that do not support their tastes and views. Library staff is available to discuss concerns and to identify alternate materials that may be available. If concerns are not satisfied through a discussion with staff, a formal reconsideration of library materials may be requested.

The Board has adopted guidelines for the formal reconsideration of library materials. These guidelines ensure that questions about specific items in the collection are handled in an attentive and consistent manner. A patron submitting a reconsideration request must be a resident of Fauquier County and hold a valid borrower’s card.

The library will take appropriate action to ensure that the material in question will remain in the collection and available to patrons during the reconsideration process. The completed decision on the reconsideration of a specific title will remain in effect for three years.

Adopted: 1/25/99
Revised: 4/15/99, 1/20/00, 3/16/11

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