Collection Development Policy

Columbus Junction Public Library

Collection Development Policy

1 .CJPL strives to provide books and other library materials of value and interest for information and enlightenment, for all the people of the community. The Library attempts to maintain a collection of carefully selected representative book and non-book materials that are of current interest and permanent value. Since the community it serves is both urban and rural, it will strive to meet the demands of clientele from both areas. It attempts to serve the children, young-adults, adults, and elderly. 

2. Library materials will never be excluded because of the race or nationality, or social, political, or religious view of the authors. The Library will try to provide materials representing all points of views concerning current problems and issues at the local, national, and international levels. However, materials on controversial issues that present only one side of a question and are written in a violent, sensational, and inflammatory manner will ordinarily not be selected.

3. Censorship will be challenged by the Library authorities in maintenance of their responsibility to provide public information and enlightenment. Obscene materials, which are deliberately lewd, shall not be admitted to the Library; however, exclusions shall not be judged by taking single passages out of context and basing condemnation of that book in such lifted passages. The Library Director and the Board of Trustees stand ready to review individual decisions upon written request. 

4. It is the responsibility of the Library to give full meaning to the freedom to read, and will attempt to do so by providing books that enrich the quality of thought and expression. The Library will accept books or other materials which persons wish to donate; however, the Library Director and The Board of Trustees reserve the right to screen all materials received in this manner, and to discard, destroy or otherwise dispose of any which do not meet the Library's needs.

5. The Library Director acts as agent of the Board of Trustees in book selection. Selection procedures shall follow the principles set forth in the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read Statement of the Library Association, and  the Freedom to view Statement of the Library Association and in accordance with federal and state laws.

6. It is further the obligation of this Library to keep the current policies of the Librarian for book selection or rejection in written form, subject to change, as necessary, upon approval of the Board of Trustees.

Adopted 04/2000; revised 06/2002; reviewed 03/2009; reviewed 12/2015

American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights:

American Library Association's Freedom to Read Statement:

American Library Assocation's Free Access to Libraries for Minors Statement:

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.