To provide and make accessible a balanced collection of materials in various media that is responsive to community needs and interests.
NCPL affirms the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights and acknowledges it as a foundation for the selection and deselection of materials in all formats.
Library Bill of Rights
The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.
- Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
- Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
- Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
- A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
- Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.
Ultimate responsibility for materials selection rests with the Director, who operates within the framework of this selection policy adopted by the Library Board. The Director may delegate selection of materials to qualified staff members.
The collection, taken as a whole, will be an excellent and unbiased source of information and recreation. It will include as wide a selection as possible. Subjects and viewpoints will be covered in sufficient depth to meet anticipated and expressed needs. Selection of materials by the Library does not mean endorsement of the contents or views expressed in those materials. The collection, as a whole, will be sufficiently diverse to not promote causes, further movements, or endorse viewpoints.
Criteria for Selection
The following criteria will be used to select both physical and digital materials:
- Reviews from professionally recognized sources
- Date of publication
- Significance of author, publisher, composer and/or artist
- Patron interest and recommendations
- Price and availability budget
- Contribution to a balanced collection
NCPL does not collect textbooks. Self-published books will be purchased very selectively, if they highlight unique local information and meet the standard of professional, high quality content. Of particular interest are books of significant local interest or which have received media attention.
Criteria for Deselection
Limited shelf space and proper maintenance of a collection necessitates regular weeding of materials. The process of deselection will be based on the guidelines set forth in CREW: A Weeding Manual for Modern Libraries. These guidelines consider condition, circulation, age, and accuracy of information when considering items for removal from the collection. Discarded materials will be given to the New Carlisle Friends of the Library for their book sale or recycled.
Since a library cannot possibly purchase every title desired by its patrons, NCPL will make available InterLibrary Loans at no cost to patrons. It also participates in Indiana’s Statewide Reciprocal Borrowing Covenant to allow access to materials at other area libraries.
The Local History Room is maintained as a non-circulating collection of materials relating to the history of New Carlisle, Olive Township, & New Prairie School District. This collection may include video, audio, photographs, newspapers, genealogy items, & select personal papers. NCPL does not collect objects or memorabilia.
The Local History Room also provides space for people to digitize their own personal history .
The Library recognizes that many materials are controversial and that any given item may offend some patrons. The choice of library materials by users is an individual matter. An individual may reject certain items for themselves or their family, but they do not have the right to restrict access to these materials by others. Selection will not be made on the basis of any anticipated approval or disapproval, but on the merits of the work as it relates to the criteria listed.
The library cannot limit its selection to materials suitable for children and adolescents, but must consider its adult audience; therefore, some materials may be deemed by parents as inappropriate for their children. Since parents’ opinions differ and children of the same age differ greatly in levels of maturity, the library will not act as judge of what materials a child is mature enough to borrow. This responsibility remains with the parent.
A patron wishing to request that NCPL staff reconsider a specific title currently in the collection may submit a request in writing to the Director using the Materials Reconsideration Form. The Director and designated staff will review the title. The Director will respond in writing to the patron. The patron may appeal the Director’s decision to the Board of Trustee who have the final decision making authority. All complaints about library materials are viewed in the context of the Collection Development and Management policy.