The Community Libraries of Providence supports freedom and endorses the American Library Association’s Freedom to Read Statement, Freedom to View Statement, the Library Bill of Rights, and all relevant Library Bill of Rights Interpretations. The choice of library materials by patrons is an individual matter. An individual may take issue with library materials that do not support her/his tastes or views. Staff is available to discuss concerns and identify alternate materials that are available. If a patron’s concern is not satisfied through discussion with staff, a formal, written request to reconsider the item may be submitted.
Patrons wishing reconsideration of library materials must complete the Community Libraries of Providence Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials form in its entirety. Only signed forms will be considered. The Library Director will acknowledge receipt of the form within two weeks.
The relevant Library Staff will review the library material and will make a written recommendation to the Library Director as to the validity of the request.
The Library Director, after reviewing the recommendation, will decide whether the library material remains on the shelf, is moved or removed and will notify the patron of said decision. A final appeal may be made to the President of the Library Board of Directors. The President will have the discretion to bring the appeal before the Board for consideration, and should do as soon as practicable. The decision of the Board will be final and will be sent in writing to the person who requested reconsideration.
A copy of the request form without identifying patron information will be mailed to the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee.
Approved by the CLPVD Board of Directors, 12/21/2015